Dead Air Armament™ Sandman-Ti™ Suppressor Now Shipping

Lawrenceville, Ga. (August 2015) – Dead Air Armament is proud to announce that the long awaited 7.62 Sandman-Ti™ suppressor is now shipping to distributors nationwide.

The Sandman-Ti™ suppressor features a titanium tube with precision rifle direct threads specifically designed for the challenging environments faced by law enforcement professionals. The Ti’s inner baffle is constructed from 100 percent Stellite®, a premium material that offers better performance under extreme conditions and usage than traditional stainless steel and Inconel®. The exterior is finished in Cerakote® for ultimate durability and like all Dead Air products is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Dead Air launched the Sandman™ suppressor series in November 2014 at the National Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) Expo and annual meeting. The 7.62 Sandman™ series includes the Sandman-S™, Sandman-L™ and the Sandman-Ti™ models. The unique feature of the Dead Air Sandman™ design is the detachable front cap and integrated flash hider. Not only does it afford better performance, even in low light conditions, the front cap can easily be replaced trouble-free if damaged.

Sandman-Ti™ Specifications:

  • Length: 8.2″
  • Weight: 16.8 oz.
  • Diameter: 1.5″
  • Rating: Up to .300 Win Mag
  • Finish: Cerakote® body
  • Ideal Usage: Challenging Environments faced by LEOs
  • MSRP: $849

For more information on Dead Air Armament™ and their line of suppressors, please visit

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How North Koreans Practice Shooting Skills


I’m not sure how credible this video is but it is funny and does represent a novel and interesting approach to shooting practice.

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Primary Arms ACSS Reticle Dissected

This week’s shoot-the-shit is a super presentation  by one of YouTube’s best reviewers Mrgunsandgear. In this video, he engages Dimitri from Primary Arms, the ACSS designer, and guides the viewer through every aspect of this very capable reticle. The ACSS reticle is available in several of Primary Arms’ optics and has also been adopted by Trijicon as an option in the ACOG. One point that was missed in the presentation that is worth mentioning is the effect of inclination angle on the use of a vertical ranging reticle. When using a vertical ranging reticle to range a target that is above the shooter’s firing position, the target appears longer against the ranging reticle; therefore, distance estimates will be shorter than the actual target distance. When the target is below the shooter’s firing position, the target appears to be shorter against the ranging reticle; therefore, range estimates will be longer than the actual target position. In this situation the shooter should consider using a horizontal ranging reticle, which Primary Arms call a center-mass reticle.

We’d love to hear your opinion of Primary Arms’ ACSS reticle!

Enjoy the video and be sure to subscribe to Mrgunsandgear Channel. Have a great weekend. Be safe, get to the range, or do something with your buds and family.

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MAGPUL MBUS Pro Enhanced Front Sight Post Now Shipping



MBUS® Pro Enhanced Front Sight PostMBUS® Pro Enhanced Front Sight Post

Magpul Industries is now shipping the enhanced front sight posts. They replace the standard MBUS Pro  or Pro Offset Sight post with a choice of an upgraded version. The MBUS Pro Enhanced Front Sight Post offers the option of a 0.040” Match profile for precision shooting or a standard 0.060” profile for visibility without changing posts. Simply raise the post until it spins freely and rotate 90-degrees to present the other sight profile, then lower the post to its original position and confirm zero. The Match width side of the post has a marking dimple for easy identification during installation. Precision machined of alloy steel, the sight post features a Mil-Spec manganese phosphate finish for corrosion resistance and abrasion protection.

M.S.R.P.  $9.95

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TPG BLACK SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor and Citadel™ 10 Series Receive High Marks from NTOA.

Boynton Beach, Fla. (August 2015) – TPG BLACK, the exclusive line of American-made products offered by Tacprogear (TPG), is proud to announce that the SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor has received a 4.51 and the Citadel™ 10 Series Hard Armor Plates, has received a 4.93 out of a possible 5 from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. TPG has the privilege of displaying the prestigious NTOA Member Tested and Recommended Logo in their marketing materials.

The testing officer from Wyoming remarked that the SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor Vest fit well and said “if you are looking to purchase your own vest, it is definitely worth looking at for purchasing. [It] is as good as and much better in many areas than every vest I have ever worn.” When it came to the Citadel™ 10 Series hard armor plate, the officer commented on how it did not add much noticeable weight to a regular vest and that the product was easy to use. He continued, “it provides a lot more coverage for a little bit of weight while not adding much to the profile of the vest or adding much bulk. If you are looking for a lot more protection for a tiny bit of weight and size, this is the product to buy.” “When the TPG SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor Vest first arrived, all I could think was ‘this is so fluffy!’ The inside part of the carrier has a thin pillow-like effect to it which is encapsulated in a mesh-like material. Does this help the inside of the vest be more breathable? I think so,” commented the testing officer from Florida. She continued, “Overall, the vest seems to be of better quality and design than vests I’ve worn from a high-end female-only company. I highly recommend females try this vest in the future.”

In regards to the Citadel™ 10 Series, the Florida testing officer said “the plate does not seem to add a noticeable amount of weight or stiffness (in terms of mobility) to the vest when wearing it. It appears to be well constructed and rather practical. I would definitely recommend this style of plate to those who wish to upgrade the trauma plate they currently have.”

Finally, the testing officer from Connecticut was pleasantly surprised by the extreme comfort of the SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor Vest and the durability of the product when cleaned. The ballistic panels were easily removed and the carrier came out of the washer and dryer without shrinking and without visible wear marks. The testing officer also stated “that if you get this vest, you have to get the Citadel™ 10 Series hard armor plate. It is feather light and adds that extra protection which you will hopefully never need. It is an excellent addition that provides superior protection.”

With a thickness at just 0.289” and a medium flexibility, the SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor is made from 3000D Twaron® Microlam, 1000D Twaron® Laminate and 500D/750D Twaron® Ripstop in a BLACKSEAL™ construction with a Brookwood 70D with laminated polyurethane protective cover and sealed with a Sonobond Ultrasonic Bond. It is available in all TPG vest patterns, as well as OEM Armor specifications. The SYMMETRY™ SERIES IIIA Soft Armor has undergone Special Threat Testing conducted in accordance with an abbreviated and modified NIJ 0101.06 and TPG Special Threat Testing Protocol. Product applications include concealable body armor, external carriers, plate carriers and tactical body armor. Made in the USA, the Citadel™ 10 Series are lightweight hard armor plates made from 100 percent polyethylene with a polyurea protective cover. It is one of the lightest weight NIJ compliant stand-alone level III plates on the market today. Product applications include concealable body armor, external carriers and uniform carriers and is rated to protect against handguns and edged blades. For more information on any of the TPG product line, visit or

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Dead Air Mask HD Suppressor " Bolt-Gun Rock Star"

Lawrenceville, Ga. (August 2015)Dead Air Armament, the strikingly silent suppressor company, is proud to announce that, after much testing and evaluation, YouTuber TWANGnBANG was thoroughly impressed with the sound suppression abilities of Dead Air’s new Mask HD suppressor and declared it a “bolt-gun rock star.”

Don’t take our word for it. Click play to hear the silence for yourself.

“2015 has been called the Year of the Silencer because of all the great new companies and cans coming to market.  The Dead Air Mask HD was the one can I most wanted to get my hands on, and its excellent performance was worth the anticipation,” said Cameron Martz of TWANGnBANG fame.

The Dead Air Mask HD suppressor is constructed of titanium and stainless steel, has a Cerakote finish and easily disassembles for cleaning. It weighs in at 6.3 ounces, is 5.25 inches long and 1.070 inches in diameter. It can be used for direct thread applications and is rated for .22LR up to 5.7 x 28. It’s also backed by a no questions asked Lifetime Warranty. It retails for $499.00.

“It sounded good on my 10/22 and it sounded really good on my 22/45, but it blew me away on my bolt gun. It’s a bolt-gun rock star! It was nice shooting it at the range, but I can’t wait to get my Mask HD out of NFA jail and shoot it right here in my backyard with my daughter. Seriously, it’s quieter than her Daisy BB gun,” said Martz.

The Mask HD, when tested on a 4.4 inch pistol, reduced the decibel level from 154.6 to 115.1 for a total decibel reduction of 39.5. When tested on a 16.1″ rifle it reduced the decibel level from 140.1 to 115.8 for a total decibel reduction of 24.3.

“Another thing that I was really impressed with was the negligible point of impact shift. I experienced about an 1/8th of an inch downward shift and zero left and right shift. My bolt gun is a tack driver and the Mask HD turned out to be a great match,” remarked Martz.

For more information on Dead Air Armament and their line of suppressors, please visit

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Silencer Shop Tests Griffin Armament 30 SD

Griffin Armament  was founded by two brothers, Austin and Evan, combat vets from OIF. Both are Army Sniper qualified and have deployed numerous times overseas in military and other government capacities. Their time in govt. service left them both with hearing loss, driving them to manufacture silencers to protect the hearing of fellow shooters. Our knowledge in manufacturing, design, and understanding of silencer applications allows us to create industry leading silencers and firearm solutions.

The company founders are also tactical instructors and advisors at In Extremis Consulting Group

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Larry Vickers On Long Range Shooting Myths

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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Bryan Litz On Long Range Shooting Error


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.

In this, his second video, Bryan discusses the two most influential components of long range shooting.


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The Tactical Woman


We want to celebrate two women , 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, age 25, and Capt. Kristen Griest, age 26, who recently graduated Ranger School and are now wearing Ranger Tabs. Ladies you can throw me over your shoulder anytime. Congratulations to you both!

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Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense .45 ACP +P

Liberty Ammunition’s trademark is the lead-free,  high speed and low mass projectile delivering massive amounts of kinetic energy with a projectile geometry that fragments completely. The end result is no over-penetration while delivering the full kinetic energy on target. The company’s .45ACP +P fits that bill to a T as demonstrated in the video below.

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TPG Grinder Sneaker by LALO Footwear Receives High Score from NTOA Member Tested and Recommended Program

The Grinder Sneaker by LALO Footwear gets high marks for comfort, stability and sole support.

Boynton Beach, Fla. (August 2015)Tacprogear, a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, is proud to announce that the Grinder Sneaker by LALO Footwear has received a 4.66 out of a possible 5 from the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Member Tested and Recommended Program. TPG has the privilege of displaying the prestigious NTOA Member Tested and Recommended Logo in their marketing materials.

The testing officer out of California remarked that “the shoes were extremely comfortable and offer great cushioning for running. They have a relatively wide base, offering good stability during agility exercises. I wore the shoes during numerous CrossFit workouts, testing them in many different types of bodyweight exercises, including burpees, running, rowing, double unders, box jumps, sled pushes, wall climbs, lunges, air squats and wall balls. The shoes performed very well and were comfortable from the time I put them on, requiring no break-in period.”

The second testing officer from Wisconsin commented that the shoes were “literally air light.” He went on to say that they provided that “bare feet feeling, but still have the support of an athletic shoe and were easy to clean. They are an all-around great cross-trainer.” He went onto further state that he would wear the Grinder Sneaker during bike patrol going forward.

The Grinder Sneaker by LALO Footwear is a lightweight cross-trainer that features Anti-Inversion Technology, the LALO OCF Fit System and a ceramic-coated SUPER FABRIC™ toecap. Feeling as light as a feather and looking as sharp on the street as it does in the gym, the Grinder is a mid-foot mobility shoe that shines in a variety of cross-training activities. These shoes are best used for BUD/S Training, beaches, urban terrain, CrossFit boxes, adventure races, weight-training facilities, grinder, street pump, IMT training and leap frog procedures. The Grinder Sneaker is available in Battleship, Black Ops, Desert, Jungle and Night Vision with an MSRP of $130.00.

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Readers, there’s cause for celebration as we’ve made it through another week in spite of the massive cluster-fucks unraveling around us,  so we’ve selected “flinching” as the topic for our weekly shoot-the-shit. As customary, all shoot-the-shit rules apply: you can make unsupported statements, insult anyone, use profanity or change the subject altogether. All of this is completely free of charge!

Flinching is one of those ills which if left untreated will ensure you remain a poor shot. Everyone has an opinion on flinching and how to cure it; some writers see it as poor trigger technique, a point that we respectfully disagree with.

Flinching is a psychosomatic response to an unpleasant event. You flinch when you mentally anticipate a weapon’s rapport, which has two components consisting of the sound blast and recoil. For example, most shooters, at some point in their marksmanship development,  have experienced anticipating a follow-up shot with an empty magazine; thus, jerking the trigger accompanied by an upper body movement. This response is caused by the shooter’s state of mind, and it’s imperative that shooters train themselves to focus on firing the weapon and their relationship to the target. To achieve that goal, sniper training, for example, includes stresses designed to break the sniper’s concentration and disrupt their shooting. The goal is to reinforce focus.

To cure flinching, the shooter needs to  discard all apprehensions about shooting. Shooters need to known that they are doing nothing wrong and they need to acclimate themselves to weapon rapport. New shooters are particularly vulnerable to suggestions that firearms are evil and that shooting is a bad thing. This is especially true at a time when firearms, sport shooting and defensive shooting are vilified. The shooter needs to be comfortable and at ease on the firing line and while handling a weapon.

Acclimating the user to weapon rapport requires training. Here an instructor has a great deal of latitude, but we offer a couple of suggestions that we’ve found useful:

  1. Interleave live ammunition with snap-caps in a magazine. You can use this technique to teach a malfunction as well as address shooter anticipation.
  2. Use a revolver with several empty chambers.

Every effort should be made to ensure unpredictability, remember that you are treating shooter anticipation. You want your trainee to focus only on trigger control and sight alignment, not anticipate weapon rapport so mix things up for them.

We think you’ll find these techniques useful and something to include in more advanced training also. The key to excellent shooting is focus, focus, focus.

Have a great weekend; get to the range or get out with your buds and family!

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IWI US Announces New Commercial Sales Representative


Harrisburg, Pa. (August 2015)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announces the addition of former law officer, Rebecca McCoy, to the position of commercial sales representative for IWI US. McCoy, a police academy graduate, brings with her eight years as a police officer and firearms instructor, six years with the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Department (CPD) and was the only female member of the Special Response Team (SRT). She was a part-time officer with Highspire and Steelton Police Departments and formerly part-time armorers’ vendor and instructor with IWI US. McCoy will now assume a full-time role with IWI US where she’ll be managing and growing the commercial sales sector and supporting IWI US’s law enforcement sales and marketing efforts.

“Rebecca joins our ranks with an incredible skill set and a professional knowledge bank of IWI US’s firearms product line,” Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales and marketing for IWI US commented. “She is a fantastic communicator and has the kind of leadership qualities needed to take our sales efforts to the next level. We are very proud to have her with us.”

McCoy’s impressive resume also includes working as a nurse’s aide at Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, a volunteer firefighter at the Franklintown and Community Fire Department, a range safety officer for explosives demonstrations at Tripwire Operations Group teaching Homeland Security classes, writing six firearms training manuals and serving as the CPD’s firearms instructor and weapons expert.

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LaserLyte Lyte Ryder Becomes the Most Custom Universal-Fit Pistol Laser

COTTONWOOD, AZ- LaserLyte, innovators in firearms laser technologies, introduces Lyte Ryder: The most custom universal-fit pistol laser sight on the market. With a single Picatinny rail attachment screw, the Lyte Ryder installs in seconds on nearly any size pistol.

Designed with simplicity in mind, each Lyte Ryder package includes a Class IIIA Master Module laser and two laser housings that are perfectly tailored to fit most rail-equipped subcompact, compact and full-size handguns. Simplicity continues with ambidextrous activation buttons, allowing left- or right-handed shooters to easily operate the laser in constant-on or pulse modes. 

Snag-free contoured lines support quick-draw and re-holstering, and its slim line form minimizes Lyte Ryder’s printing in concealed carry situations, yet remains simple to activate at a moment’s notice. Batteries can also be changed without removing the laser from the pistol, and a 6-minute auto-off function conserves battery power. Exterior windage and elevation adjustments also enable precise aiming and zeroing at any preferred distance.

From concealed carry guns to full-size duty pistols, Lyte Ryder is the next generation of universal laser sights, making it easier than ever to get on target fast with rail-equipped handguns. 


  • -Compatible Firearms: Any pistol with .70-inch PIcatinny rail
  • -Power Output: 650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA
  • -Programmable: Dual mode constant-on and pulse, auto-off in 6 minutes
  • -Batteries: 3 x 392
  • -Battery Life: *Actual usage 5 hours constant-on, 10 hours pulse mode
  • -Weight: .71 ounces
  • -Material: 14% Glass Filled Nylon and Aircraft Grade 6061 aluminum
  • -Length: 1.32 inches (small size); 1.90 inches (full-size)
  • -Width: 1.08 inches
  • -Height: 1.15 inches
  • -MSRP: $109.95
  • *Actual Usage suggests 1-minute on, 1-minute off conditions
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Sightmark Introduces New 3x Tactical Magnifier Pro



Sightmark released a new 3x Tactical Magnifier Pro.

Director of Product Development, Jonathan Horton, said “The new flip to side mount is easy to operate and provides a quick, smooth transition to offset your magnifier between engagements of long range and short range targets.”

The magnifier has been redesigned to provide increased eye relief, making it safe and comfortable to use for higher caliber weapons. The new Sightmark 3x Tactical Magnifier Pro has been improved with a rubber armor housing for increased durability, providing 3.5 inches of eye relief for refined shooting comfort. Shooters are aided with improved target recognition with the new 3x magnifier that also features external windage and elevation adjustments for reticle alignment. This Sightmark 3x Tactical Magnifier Pro is also EOTech and Aimpoint compatible.

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Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) Unveils New Submachine Guns For Taiwan


The state-owned 205th Arsenal of the Material Production Centre (MPC) unveiled its latest development in small arms the 9mm XT104 submachine gun. The XT104 features a folding stock, ambidextrous safety selector and ambidextrous magazine release. The design includes a full length Picatinny rail at the 12 o’clock position and rail segments at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock position for mounting an array of accessories. The XT104 9mm SMG is expect to be ready for production in 2016.

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight ProTac HL USB


If you’re a copper, a flatfoot, a gumshoe, a shamus or any one else who needs or wants an absolutely DYNOMITE high output handheld flashlight, then be sure to catch my upcoming review of Streamlight’s 850 lumen rechargeable ProTac HL USB. Love it you will…

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From Wrench To A Very Cool Knife

You won’t find a more talented and creative group of people than blade-smiths.  In this video, Trollsky Knifemaking turns an old wrench into a razor-sharp, cool-looking blade.

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Lewis Machine & Tool Co Inc. Selected To Replace New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Steyr Rifle

In May 2014, the Government of New Zealand authorized the Secretary of Defence to undertake a competitive tender process to select a replacement individual weapon for the New Zealand Defense Forces (NZDF).

After completing an initial assessment  of respondents, which closed on 12 Nov 2014, the following companies were selected for the trials phase of the evaluation:


  • Beretta New Zealand Limited
  • Česká zbrojovka a.s.
  • Colt Canada Corporation
  • XTEK Limited (Sig Sauer)
  • Heckler & Kock GmbH
  • Lewis Machine & Tools Co Inc.

Following the trials program phase of the evaluation the Ministry has selected Lewis Machine & Tool Co Inc. of the USA as preferred supplier. The selection is subject to the Ministry undertaking due diligence and negotiation of a contract package. New Zealand Government approval will be sought to proceed to award of a contract.

Other In-Service Weapon Replacement/Upgrade Program (ISWRUP) projects look to upgrade, tactical shotgun, 7.62 mm Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) and 7.62 Light Support Weapons (LSW)

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Bryan Litz of Applied Ballistics Discusses Long Range Shooting

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

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Magpul’s Hunter X-22 Chassis Is Now Available

Hunter X-22 Stock – Ruger® 10/22



The Magpul Hunter X-22 chassis is an ergonomic, full-featured stock for the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22 rifle. Made from high quality reinforced polymer, the Hunter X-22 features an ergonomic grip, adjustable length of pull and comb height to fit a wide variety of shooters, multiple sling mounting options, a non-slip rubber butt pad, and M-LOK slots for accessory attachment.

The Hunter X-22 fits standard Ruger 10/22 .22 LR pattern rifles with no gunsmithing, and a reversible barrel tray ensures proper fit with factory pencil profile as well as heavy bull barrels.

Made in U.S.A.


  • Drop-in design compatible with all factory Ruger 10/22 .22 LR receivers
  • Reinforced polymer construction for strength and durability
  • 60 degree grip angle from bore axis
  • Adjustable LOP from 12.5”-14.5” with 0.50” Spacers
  • Non-slip rubber butt-pad
  • Optional Cheek Riser Kits to raise cheek height 0.25”, 0.50”, or 0.75”
  • Reversible barrel tray accepts all factory barrels as well as aftermarket up to 0.920”
  • Compatible with all capacities of factory Ruger 10/22 magazines
  • M-LOK™ slots on forend sides and bottom for a wide variety of accessory and sling mounting options
  • Two dimpled drill points to install optional standard swivel studs
  • Push-button QD swivel compatibility in rear with optional Sling Mount Kits
  • Left and Right 1-1/4” Footman’s Loops
  • Color options: Black, FDE, Stealth Gray, OD
  • M.S.R.P. $139.95

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Silencerco’s Service Proven Equipment, (SPEQ) Program

SilencerCo’s SPEQ program is the company’s way of saying thanks to our men and women in uniform. Short for Service Proven Equipment, the SPEQ program offers a substantial discount on SilencerCo products to current and retired military, law enforcement, and first responders.

For complete details visit Silencerco

Who Qualifies:
  •  Law Enforcement (Active or Retired with credentials)
  • Military (Active, Reserve, or Retired with military credentials, or disabled veterans with medically retired ID) VA Cards not applicable
  • Federal Flight Deck Officer (with credentials)
  • Fire Rescue / EMT (with credentials/license)
  • Private Security (Armed private security only)
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WALTHER Announces The PPQ M2 .45 ACP

Walther Arms announced the launch of its PPQ M2 .45 ACP. This is a major announcement because it’s the company’s first .45 ACP offering in its history. The Walther PPQ is considered, by many, the Mercedes Benz of striker fired pistols; I can vouch for that accolade as I had the opportunity to fire a couple hundred rounds through the company’s PPQ 9mm. I was immensely impressed by its ergonomics and trigger; which is easily the best  out of the box trigger in the market for a production firearm.

The PPQ .45 offers some of the same characteristics like a 5.6 pounds trigger, three separate safeties and a mil-spec Picatinny rail. The PPQ .45  has an overall length of 7.4 inches, a magazine capacity of 12 rounds, and a polygonal rifled 4.25 inch barrel. The PPQ features a thumb magazine release – for my taste that decision is a step back from the ambidextrous trigger guard magazine release.

Walther’s PPQ .45 will be available at your dealer beginning October 2015. M.S.R.P. has not been released. This is a pistol that you’ll want check out!

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Battle Shades Mark-III (Matte Black)


It looks like Lynn Thompson has a pretty tough set of ballistic eyewear. They’re a nice looking pair of shades as well. The Battle Shades are available in the following styles

  • Matte Black
  • Black Nosepads
  • Black Temple Tips
  • Silver Logo
  • Grey Polarized Lens
  • Black Side Shields
  • M.S.R.P. $119.99
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Trijicon Announced Its MRO™ (Miniature Rifle Optic)

MRO-Features7The MRO is a sealed miniature reflex sight intended for use on rifles, carbines and shotguns to provide fast target acquisition. The large aperture and tapered light path maximizes the viewing area and allows for better situational awareness and fast target engagement – especially from non-standard shooting positions. It features ambidextrous brightness controls, sub-flush adjusters, advanced lens coatings and the fully sealed, waterproof, hard anodized forged 7075-T6 housing.




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Australia’s DIGGERS Will Soon See A New Generation Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE)

Australia’s Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Land Systems Division will soon be rolling out 21,000 Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE), under the Land 125 Phase IIIB project, to the troops. The SCE includes load bearing equipment, including harnesses, pouches and a range of packs, body armor, combat helmets, combat hearing protection, as well as ballistic / laser eye protection.

The SCE roll-out began May 2015 to the 1st Brigade, with the 3rd Brigade rollout slated for 2016, followed by the 7th Brigade in 2017. The Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Land Systems Division has established three configurations based on primary roll and  exposure to threats. The objective is to ensure the right level of protection and mobility driven by job and threat risk.

Col. Mark Jennings, director of Diggerwoks said:

“Since 2011 Project Land 125 Phase IIIB and Diggerworks have spearheaded the adaptive development of the SCE through a combination of soldier feedback, trials, and the review of Report On Defective or Unsatisfactory Materiels (RODUMs). Diggerworks will continue to liaise with the soldiers, units and formations issued the latest SCE to verify its form, fit, and function, and to identify future enhancements.”

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Flat TaxIt’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit. This week’s shoot-the-shit is on the concept of “Flat Tax.” As with all shoot-the-shits, readers are free to make unsupported statement, insult anyone they wish, use profanity and / or change subjects.

There’s a lot of hot air being passed by both sides of the political spectrum regarding tax reform and simplification of the “Tax Code.” This is an issue that will be thrown around throughout the 2016 election cycle. It is our intent to provide you with a clearer understanding of this issue.

The United States of America uses a progressive tax systems. Congress establishes tax rates for each income tier. In addition, Congress, through a legislative process establishes deductions that allow businesses and individuals to reduce their taxable income. The legislated tax rate is referred to as the marginal tax rate; however, the actual tax rate and subsequent tax liability after legal deductions will be lower and is referred to as the effective tax rate.  To illustrate…

John Doe had an income of $100,000 for the tax year; his marginal tax rate is say 28%  or $28,000. After legal deductions, John Doe reduces his taxable income from $100,000 to say $70,000, so his new tax rate is now say 18% making his tax liability $12,600. Therefore, John Doe’s effective tax rate is $12,600 / $100,000 or 12.6% The same holds true for major corporations, and it’s possible for corporations with pretax incomes in the billions of dollars to pay no taxes legally, given deductions.

Getting a corporation, or high net worth individual, to the lowest legal effective tax rate is BIG business involving lobbyists, tax attorneys, CPAs, major accounting firms and financial institutions who design financial products to reduce taxable income and achieve the lowest effective tax rate .

The long and short of it is that there is a HUGE economic interest in preserving the progressive tax system!

The flat tax concept proposes two or three tax rates base on total income tiers, and does away with all deductions in its purest form.

Most of the people you talk to feel that the flat tax is a fairer system and a simpler system across the tax base. The one benefit to the flat tax, usually not discussed, is  that with a flat tax corporations, small businesses and individuals are free to make investment decisions that result in the highest returns without considering a tax consequence.  Without a home interest deduction, you effectively remove the tax subsidy for homeowners and you’ll see home prices drop.  Politically, you’d have every national realtor association up in arms…

Therefore, when  you hear someone proposing a flat tax know that it has a positive effect on the economy, but the question that has to be asked is how do you get it passed?


Have a great weekend! Be safe, get out the range and spend sometime with your buds and family!

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CrossBreed Holsters Glock 43 Streamlight TLR-6

             Glock 43  with TLR-6 CrossBreed SuperTuck                                     Glock 43 with TLR-6 in a CrossBreed SnapSlide

Glock 42 and Glock 43 owners who have outfitted their pistols with the TLR-6, a weapon mounted light / laser  from Streamlight, now have a holstering solution from one of the more highly regarded purveyors of quality holsters in the world, CroosBreed Holsters.

You can find out more about all of their holsters here:  CrossBreed Holsters

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Crimson Trace: 5 Steps to Selection Guide

Crimson Trace has made it easier for consumers to select the right laser for their firearm.

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1) What firearm will be fitted with the sight? Crimson Trace’s website ( lists the many leading firearm manufacturers that the company makes specific fitted laser sights for, ranging from Beretta to Walther, plus 1911s, MSR/AR rifles and any firearm with an accessory rail. Additional details on the website list specific firearm models.

2) What products will match the gun’s uses? Crimson Trace offers the firearms industry’s largest selection of laser sight categories including: Lasergrips®, Laserguards®, Lightguards®, Rail Masters® and Rail Master Pros®, Modular Vertical Forearms (MVFs)® and Defender Series®. These add up to nearly 200 products to fit thousands of firearms. Customers can take several routes to customization of, or equipping, their firearm with laser sights and powerful LED white lights.

3) Green or Red laser? Both colors offer advantages. Red laser sights are normally more affordable and use less battery power. Green laser sights are more visible in ambient lighting conditions. Crimson Trace offers a wide selection of red and green laser sights, and several models, such as the Laserguard LG-443 for Glocks, are available in red and green. Crimson Trace offers more green laser sights than all other competitors combined.

4) Where can I buy, or see, Crimson Trace products? In addition to viewing the product on the company’s website, there are more than 2,500 Crimson Trace dealers across America. The informative website also has a DEALER locator feature to help find nearby dealers. A large number of dealers have gun ranges where buyers can test Crimson Trace laser sight products installed on the firearm.

5) What about a holster? In the event adding a Crimson Trace product changes the outline of the firearm, there are many sources of holsters to fit the firearm with the product installed. Those holsters can be ordered on the company’s website or purchased direct from manufacturers including: BLACKHAWK!, Blade-Tech, CrossBreed, DeSantis, Galco, Mitch Rosen, Tactical Tailor, and others. Retail prices range up to $75. Crimson Trace works with those holster manufacturers during product design, and when a new laser sight is offered for sale—there’s a holster for that!

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Command Arms UPG16 AR15/M16 Pistol Grip

Customize Your Grip with the Command Arms UPG16 AR15/M16 Pistol Grip

Three front and rear interchangeable grip inserts allow for maximum comfort and complete control no matter the hand size.

Tullytown, Pa. (August 2015) – CAA USA AR15/M16 pistol grip, the UPG16, offers shooting enthusiasts and tactical operators a versatile grip solution that enhances user comfort and control. Not a “one-size-fits-all” pistol grip, the UPG16 comes standard with six easily interchangeable rubberized grip inserts; three front and three rear, allowing the user to completely customize their choice of finger grooves, palm swell and contoured backstraps for better control and more comfort. Customization of the firearm’s pistol grip reduces the user’s hand fatigue by improving control, which increases the overall handling and accuracy of the firearm.

Each of the interchangeable front and rear rubberized grip inserts mount securely in place with no gunsmithing required. The UPG16 pistol grip also has a capped storage area for small items or an optional cleaning kit.

Command Arms UPG16 Specifications:

  • Part Number:                   UPG16
  • Fits:                                AR15/M16
  • Materials:                        Polymer-Rubber
  • Weight:                           3.7 ounces
  • Width:                            1.375 inches
  • Length:                           2.25 inches
  • Height:                           4.5 inches
  • Color:                             Black
  • MSRP:                             $36.75

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GLOCK 43 Holster Now Available From Fobus

GLOCK 43 Holster Now Available From Fobus

Bensalem, Pa. (August 2015) – First Samco, Inc. (FSI), the exclusive distributor of Fobus Holsters & Pouches, is proud to unveil the latest Fobus offering: the GL43ND Evolution polymer holster, available in paddle, belt and ankle models for both right and left-handed users for the new GLOCK G43 single-stack 9mm ultra-concealable pistol.

The Fobus Evolution Series holsters, now available for the popular GLOCK G43, offer passive retention with an adjustment screw for customized retention based upon the user’s personal preference, ensuring that the user’s pistol stays firmly in place. Steel reinforced rivets secure the holster to the attachment and further strengthen the overall integrity of the holster, ensuring years of reliable and trouble free use. The proven Fobus passive retention design with adjustment screw available on all Evolution Series holsters also enables the user easy and rapid one handed deployment and reholstering.

The proprietary rubber insert on the back on the paddle was designed to keep the holster from moving on the user while at the same time adding to the overall comfort of the holster.

All Fobus holsters, including the Evolution Series, and magazine pouches are supremely comfortable, durable and come with a Lifetime Warranty. Available in black with an MSRP of $37.99 online at


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Glock 43 Review: Companion Video

We recently published our review of the Glock 43. In that review we referenced two Glock features that some consider “safety issues.” We don’t view them as such but they deserve discussion and illustration; to that end, we created a short video to discuss and illustrate them.

The appropriate audience is the individual that has no Glock pistol experience or limited experience. If you’re a commando or rappel down the side of your house in your underwear, you’ll find this video to be superbly basic.

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Raytheon PhantomIRxr® 17 μm Binoculars

This is not your grandpa’s  binoculars he brought back from Europe at the end of World War II. The folks at Raytheon have come up with a light weight (3.6 lbs.) uncooled thermal binocular that will detect a man sized target at 3,000 meters and a vehicle at 7,000 meters. The PhantomIRxr® is powered by 4 AA lithium batteries with a runtime of 6.5 hours.

On the optical side, the PhantomIRxr has digital image and video recording (JPEG and MPEG-4). The binoculars feature an electronic compass with azimuth readings (±3º accuracy), elevation, tilt and a user selectable reticle in MIL-DOT style, with size adjusted to zoom setting; cross hair; or stadiametric reticle, black hot/white hot and all of the other features you would expect from a competent thermal imaging device. The PhantomIRxr operates in the long wave region at 17 μm  which seems to be the region where surface emissivity is concentrated. You’ll see thermal imaging devices operating in 17–19 micron region.

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Bridge Building 101

The  rebuilding of the Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge, in Peru’s Cusco Region at 11,200 feet in the Peruvian Andes, is a huge local event. Residents replace this bridge annually using the same materials and techniques indigent Incas have used for centuries . It’s the only rope bridged left in Peru.

It’s amazing to see that native Incas had the knowhow to build a suspension bridge centuries ago…

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P1000137Way back in May of this year  I ran a Sneak Preview of CCI’s Quit-22 . This is the company’s plinking ammunition  loaded to 710 fps and topped off with a 40 gr lead bullet. We finally got a chance to get to the range with the objective to test it on a Walther P-22 with a tweaked recoil spring. Our results were disappointing but not unexpected.

The CCI Quiet-22 would not cycle the action reliably. Accuracy was poor and consistency from box to box was not very good. I tested the results against standard velocity .22LR and the difference was quite noticeable. I shot a silhouette at 16 yards – with standard velocity ammunition, I hit center mass with all ten rounds fired in rapid succession, the Quiet-22 was all over the place. Some of that lack in performance may relate to the ammunition’s low velocity interacting with a short barrel; although I observed no keyholes. Some of the rounds were so slow that I could visually trace their flight. I’m not sure what happened and CCI makes some of the best .22LR on the market; however, there was noticeable variability box-to-box.

In closing the CCI Quiet-22 is best used on a bolt action .22LR rifle at a working range of 25 yards.

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Rheinmetall has introduce the Vario-Ray (LLM-VR) weapon aiming system and illuminator. The system employs a co-axial visible and IR laser aiming module; once the visible laser is dialed in the IR laser is also aligned. It attaches to any small arm that is equipped with a standard mounting fixture (Picatinny, STANAG, KeyMod, etc.). The mounting fixture can be attached to the Vario-Ray via two torx head screws.

The Vario-Ray is one of the first weapon-mounted units to offer laser and illumination in the SWIR (Short Wave Infra-Red) spectrum ( 1 –2.5 microns). SWIR devices emit and detect a different band or light energy than older NIR devices. Light energy in the SWIR spectrum cannot be detected by older NIR devices, like the AN/PVS14 and other devices operating in the near infrared spectrum, and SWIR lasers and SWIR lights are only visible to SWIR optics.

It weighs 8 ounces and measures 4.25 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 1.7 inches tall (without the RMR attached). The illuminator and laser devices are contained within a single molded polymer housing. The gun sight and the mounting fixture remain modular and interchangeable for versatility. The controls of the Vario-Ray are located on the housing, and consist of a rotary switch and 3 constant on button switches. The unit can interface with 2 remote pressure switches for momentary control on the grip of forearm of the weapon. The Vario-Ray’s laser aiming module can be adjusted to create unique point-pattern for distinction among multiple operators with the same unit. The illuminators are all adjustable for brightness and focus.

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Glock Perfection personified in a small but very credible package


Being the last guy to market does not translate to being in last place; especially if your Glock Inc.  In this review, I’ll introduce you to a little bundle of Glock Perfection the as yet illusive Glock 43.

Read my review…


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IWI US Announces High Speed Gear Accessories Now Available on Website

IWI US, Inc. , a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announces that High Speed Gear® accessories are now available for purchase on its website.

“Let’s face it, when things go south or you hear a bump in the night, you’ll need your gear and you’ll need it quickly. High Speed Gear®’s accessories let operators quickly access their gun, spare magazines, tactical knife and gear when they need it, without any hassle, fumbling or fuss. Frankly, we’re proud to carry their products on our site and we know you’ll like them,” said Michael Kassnar, IWI US vp of sales and marketing.

HIgh Speed Gear Double Decker Leg Rig

One of the accessories offered is High Speed Gear®’s Double Decker Leg Rig. It allows the operator to deploy TAVOR®, Galil®, UZI® or Jericho® magazines, as well as a tactical knife or gear, silently and easily when needed. It’s also compact and low profile making it perfect for any mission. MSRP $150.

High Speed Gear Double Decker Taco

Another High Speed Gear® accessory carried on the IWI US website is the Belt Mounted Double Decker TACO®. The TACO® allows operators to carry spare TAVOR®, Galil®, UZI® or Jericho®magazines and can also be used to carry certain sized radios, flash bang and smoke grenades, as well as multi-tools and flashlights. The TACO® securely stores gear and allows it to be quickly, silently and easily deployed. The pouches are made out of Cordura™, an injection molded polymer and shock cord. MSRP $44.

Riggers Belt with Velcro

IWI US also carries the Cobra 1.75” Riggers Belt with Velcro®. The belt comes with a quick release COBRA buckle and is constructed from two layers of 1.74” webbing sewn together with five rows of bonded 138 nylon thread. To add additional rigidity and stiffness, the layers are laminated with industrial strength adhesive before sewing. Loop Velcro® is sewn on the inside to provide stability for belt mounted holsters and pouches. The belt is designed to be used with the Belt Mount Pouch System. MSRP $65.

To view all of IWI US’s High Speed Gear® accessories, visit

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I want to extend our apologies to readers for our technical problem. We are currently working through it.
The problem occurred when we accepted a Windows 10 push from Microsoft – readers are advised not to accept the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft!
Unfortunately, Microsoft did not provide a fall-back mechanism which is both inconceivable and negligent, I think amazing is the kindest word I can find but ineptitude describes it far more accurately.

Again, do not install the Windows 10 upgrade. When we have a work around we’ll let you know.

The Management



THE PROBLEM: Immediately after login in to your computer, you receive a CRITICAL ERROR MESSAGE stating that the Start Menu and Canadra are not running. You’re asked to sign out . Regardless of the number of times you sign out the error persists.

THE FIX: From the login screen you need to refresh Windows 10 so that it is forced to download a series of updates. To perform the refresh proceed as follows

  1. Go to the login screen but DO NOT login.
  2. One the lower right hand corner of the screen you’ll see the graphic of a power button. You’re going to need to click that button shortly.
  3. Now press and hold down the Shift Key then click once on the power button graphic you locates in step two. Once you’ve clicked the power button graphic,  release the Shift Key.

This procedure will run for 10 to 20 minutes and reboot twice. You’ll see system messages that updates are being loaded.

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