Parabon Seeks Volunteers for DNA Kinship Study to Help Identify Fallen Soldiers from Past Conflicts

Extended families recruited to advance identification methods using DNA from distant relatives

b0e93669-f3aa-46eb-b565-7d81805e6394Reston, Va. (29 September 2016) –Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) announced today a call for participants in a research study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in which DNA samples from distant relatives will be analyzed to develop innovative kinship and ancestry algorithms and associated laboratory methods to extend familial matching beyond current capabilities. Traditional DNA methods only allow remains to be identified if DNA from closely related family members is available. Many unidentified Service members, however, do not have living family members who are closely related. This study aims to increase the genetic distance over which kinship can be accurately inferred. The enhancements made possible by this research will assist in the identification of the toughest missing personnel cases by “matching” DNA from distant relatives to that of deceased Service members, including those from long past conflicts, such as World War II.

“This cause is personal to us at Parabon. Like many families in America, some of us at the company have loved ones who went missing in action. This study will help us make technological advances that will one day reunite fathers, sons, brothers and uncles with their families. We need volunteers from extended families to make this research possible,” said Paula Armentrout, vice president of Parabon NanoLabs.

Parabon seeks to enroll 50-100 extended families (5 to 10 volunteers per family) to participate in the study.  Participating families do not need to have a direct relation to an M.I.A. soldier in order to qualify.  Volunteers for the study will simply supply a sample of DNA from a mouth swab and answer questions about their family tree.  In return for participation, each volunteer will receive a custom DNA ancestry report and a small stipend.  There is no cost to participate.  Those interested in participating in the study can sign up to be considered at:

“Our ideal study participants are all related by blood and come from an extended family network that includes a wide variety of distant relatives, such as second cousins, great-uncles, and grandchildren,” said Ellen Greytak, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study. “We will study the similarity of their DNA and use the knowledge gained to improve our kinship inference methods.”

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability & Prototyping is funding this research to help support the Department’s Personnel Accounting mission.

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The new 9mm Conversion Kit for the IWI X95 is finally here! The kit will easily convert your X95™ from 5.56 NATO to 9mm Luger Parabellum (9x19mm) with a new 17″ cold hammer forged barrel (removal wrench included), complete blowback recoil assembly, magwell adapter, deflector and a 32-round steel 9mm magazine.

M.S.R.P is $899, and ships in right hand configuration, but can also be fully converted to left hand.
The TAVOR® X95™ 9mm Conversion Kit is designed specifically for the X95™ and will not work in the TAVOR® SAR, however, separate conversion kits are also available for the classic bullpup.


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SilencerCo’s CEO Joshua Waldron recently had the opportunity to meet with a prominent public figure of the 2016 presidential race: Donald Trump Jr.
He sat down with Mr. Trump to discuss issues that hit close to home for all of us and to get an up-close, personal look at what his father would fight for should he win the presidency.

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Morphix Technologies Exhibiting at International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) Trainings

Virginia Beach, Va. (September 2016) – Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, will be exhibiting at two upcoming International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) regional trainings. The first training will be held Oct. 3-7 in Spokane, Washington, at the Northern Quest Resort. The second training will be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 in Long Branch, New Jersey, at the Ocean Place Resort. Morphix will be displaying its TraceX Explosives Detection Kit and its Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband.

“The job of Bomb Technicians is extremely dangerous. We want to help to keep them safe by providing low cost easy to use tools for both explosive detection and chemical detection. We originally developed our TraceX Explosives Detection Kit and Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband for the military but are confident that these kits will also help bomb technicians to be safe by allowing them to able to quickly and inexpensively detect explosives and dangerous chemicals. Stop by our booth and check out the TraceX and Chameleon,” said Kimberly Pricenski, vice president of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. This inexpensive kit can fit into a pocket and once deployed can detect most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 cassettes, each of which detects a particular toxic chemical and changes color upon detection. It has been approved by the U.S. SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

If you’d like to receive more information on theChameleon or TraceX, please contact Morphix Technologies toll free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also

Visit the website at www.morphtec.comto learn more or join the ongoing conversation on Facebook.

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Nexbelt "The Belt With No Holes" Seeking Experienced Sales Reps Nationwide As They Expand Their Markets in U.S.


(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) – Nexbelt, “The Belt With No Holes,” announced today that they are expanding their markets in the U.S. and seeking experienced Outdoor Sales Reps throughout the United States due to the overwhelmingly positive response they received to their new Realtree Camo and Concealed Carry Ratchet Belts over the past few months.

“The response we’ve received over the past few months to our new Realtree Camo and Concealed Carry Belts has been bigger and better than we could have ever imagined,” said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder and CEO of Nexbelt. “We need to add some quality experienced sales reps throughout the country as we expand into these markets.”

Experienced Independent Sales Reps with contacts at retail gun & knife shops, shooting ranges and outdoor retailers in these areas should contact:

 Steve Crocker
(909) 758-0079
or e-mail

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DJI Introduces Mavic Pro: Foldable and Portable Drone


At a press event in New York City today, DJI introduced the all-new Mavic Pro (starting at $749). The foldable drone (that packs up to around the size of a water bottle) features a built-in 4k camera,  3-axis gimbal, and comes in a very portable custom designed shoulder bag. Indeed, portability is at the forefront of the Mavic Pro’s design, as it weighs only about a half as much as DJI’s previous drone, the Phantom 4, and is truly made to be easily taken anywhere.


During the unveiling event, DJI’s PR Manager Michael Perry introduced the Mavic Pro to the audience by pretending to reach for it inside of a backpack placed on the stage. Instead, however, he ended up pulling the neatly folded up drone from his back pocket – at which point members of the audience erupted in applause.

Perry explained that the Mavi Pro is “inspired by the portability of a smartphone, and we are taking that philosophy to the sky. We want to shorten the time between inspiration and creativity.”  Perry added that essential to the Mavic Pro’s design was “simplicity” and “intuitive use.”

YouTube personality iJustine was also on-hand to demonstrate how she uses the new drone and explained that she loved that it fits in her handbag, and was so easy to use.

Thanks to DJI’s new OcuSync transmission technology inside the drone’s pocket-sized remote controller, aerial photographers are capable of up to a 4.3-mile transmission range, HD 720p long range, and Full HD 1080p short range video streaming.  Closely integrated with DJI GO, OcuSync transfers the Mavic’s data in real time.  The OcuSync can also be used to download photos and videos while flying at a maximum speed of up to 40 Mb/s.

The Mavic Pro can see up to 98ft and measure a distance up to 49ft, making it an advanced sonar based avoidance technology. Using a complex network that includes 5 cameras, GPS&GLONASS, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors, and a group of 24 powerful, specialized computers, the Mavic essentially creates a 3D map of the space around it and what to avoid. 

According to DJI: “The Mavic Pro camera records true 4K video — four times the size of 1080p — at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at 120 frames per second, so you can create incredible slow motion. Its minimum focusing distance is just 19in (0.5m), making it perfect for everything from the ultimate drone to once in a lifetime landscapes.”

“The Mavic is the only drone of its size to carry an integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system, giving you crystal clear photos and smooth videos, without losing a single pixel.” – DJI

With almost about the same flight time as it’s predecessor, the Phantom 4, the Mavic Pro has a flight time of 21 minutes at regular use, and under controlled settings up to a maximum time of 27 minutes.

Flying the portable Mavic Pro while staying on your subject is as easy as ever with ActiveTrack technology. Thanks to ActiveTrack,  users can select to Trace, Profile or Spotlight their subject.  You can also choose to fly the drone using just your smartphone with the Virtual Joystick, making flying and control the Mavic Pro as easy as a few simple taps on your smartphone screen.

When used with the DJI Goggle the flying experience with the Mavic Pro becomes truly immersive with an impressive display of 85°angle of view for a true bird’s eye view.

For such small package, the Mavic Pro comes with enough advanced features to make this a go-anywhere, shoot virtually anything pro drone.

DJI’s MavicPro is now available for preorder from your favorite retailer.

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

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

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Pulsar Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular: NTOA Tested and Recommended!

Pulsar Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular: NTOA tested and recommended!

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Pulsar is proud to announce the Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular has been reviewed and tested by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and is now recommended by the organization’s membership. NTOA is a premier training resource and tactics development organization catering to law enforcement professionals nationwide.

The Pulsar Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular is a world-class, IPX4 weather resistant thermal imaging optic designed to detect identifiable heat signatures at a distance of up to 515 yards. The Apex HD19A boasts a high microbolometer resolution of 384×288 and 640×480 display resolution with a 30Hz refresh rate. The Pulsar Quantum HD19A is powered for up to 5.5 hrs. with 4 AA batteries, and is the perfect solution for tracking, hunting, observation, and search operations.

About Pulsar

Pulsar products are manufactured for the professional. Built on a mil-spec platform, Pulsar provides advanced optics in a wide array of options for military, law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications. Pulsar strives to deliver the latest innovations in optical technology with the highest quality possible. Products include: thermal imaging, digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and accessories. For more information about Pulsar, visit

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It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. The Syrian refugee process is an important issue to voters and both political parties. Unfortunately you can’t count on the mainstream media to provide you with the details, so we will. None of the information that follows is “official” it’s based on our meetings with representatives of INTERPOL, DHS and FBI. Our hope is that the information presented here will help you make informed decisions. During our fact gathering references were made to the successes of the Canadian system, which we will touch on below. As with all shoot-the-shit topics, readers are free to make any unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.  So let’s get started.

The Syrian refugee process follows a FIFO rule. FIFO stands for “First In Frist Out” so who ever has been in a camp the longest amount of time will be allowed to apply for resettlement first. The Canadian government does not accept military age males and they won’t accept fractions of a family (if I understood the explanation properly) . It was clear from talking with both INTERPOL and the FBI that there is no international standard for processing refugees wishing to relocate. In addition to the lack of a standard, identity proofing is questionable. Our INTERPOL representative did mention that most of the refugees, presently in camps, have documents; however, authenticating these documents is an area of concern and much of present day vetting is behavioral. Behavioral vetting involves an analysis of the applicant’s behavior while in the camps along with interviews with any individual or individuals who may have known the applicant while in Syria.

One of several potential infiltration mechanisms is claiming family affiliation. It works in the following way…

I’m going to tell the camp officials that I am your brother. If you betray me, we will kill your family in Aleppo.

This claim can be validated only through DNA testing and as of this writing it appears that no one is collecting and processing DNA. In fact, the only biometric modalities being collected are finger prints and facial. There is some discussion of deploying rapid DNA technology, which is capable of processing DNA in 90 minutes as opposed to days but that has yet to be done, possibly due to cost. There were two other infiltration techniques discussed with us but out of an abundance of caution we will not disclose that information here.

The comments you’re hearing from pro-refugee pundits that refugees undergo 2 years of vetting is a half-truth. The refugees, on average, spend 2 years in a camp during which time they could be observed. Furthermore, other than a visual inspection of official identity documents, there is no reliable identity proofing. It is therefore possible for infiltrators, holding identity documents that pass inspection, to then provide biometric data and enter a country legally with a new identity. It’s unlikely these individuals will jump on a HUMVEE with an AK47 and attack a domestic target. However, the more likely scenario is that the individual or individuals become operational and using the host country’s privacy and civil liberties protections conduct radicalization operations, conduct training and/or provided command and control for kinetic action against the host country.

It was interesting to note that all of the individuals we spoke to said the overwhelming majority of these refugees want to return to Syria.

We look forward to your comments. Have a great weekend and be safe in whatever you’re doing!

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Sniper’s Hide Cup 2016

The Sniper’s Hide Cup has been an evolving event for years. It is without doubt one of the best precision rifle events in the country and it keeps getting better. I have not shot the match but I know its architect, Frank Galli , and I’ll guarantee you an amazing event with some great guys and super learning experience. You need to get out and participate.

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Credit: Silencerco

There’s a real message behind this video and it’s much more than a father enjoying his hobby with a son. Listen to it and then let us all make Wade’s wish come true by getting out the vote this November. #GUNVOTE

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LUCID Optics Compact SC9 Spotting Scope

LUCID Optics, manufacturer of the best value line of optics on the market, offers a compact spotting scope that anyone can appreciate in the SC9.
The SC9 Compact Spotting Scope was introduced earlier this year at the 2016 SHOT Show. It is the result of searching for a scope that offers the best features, in a portable size, for an affordable price. LUCID is proud to offer the SC9 as an end to that search.
The SC9 features 56mm ED glass performance, a smooth camera-style focus, and an oversized 9x-27x eyepiece. Made of aluminum with rubber armor, the SC9 weighs only 21 oz and is 8.25″ long. With FBMC multi-coated lenses, it is waterproof and fog-proof and has an MSRP of just $499.
The SC9 is the perfect optic for hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, travelers viewing landscapes and scenery, surveillance purposes, and much more. Its versatility and compact size make it a great option for anyone looking for features and quality at an affordable price.
To learn more and see the full list of specifications and features, visit



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Visit Magpul’s Apparel Page, here, for all of the details.

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Federal Judge Orders Parties In A Class Action To Remind Owners Of Certain Remington Firearms That A Settlement Has Been Reached


A Settlement Has Been Proposed in an Economic Loss Lawsuit that Alleges Safety Defects

You may be eligible to have your firearm retrofitted or receive other benefits

Recently, a federal judge ordered the parties in an economic-loss class action to remind owners of certain Remington firearms that a settlement has been reached. The settlement involves two classes. The first class includes owners of firearms that utilize a trigger connector. The second class includes owners of firearms that utilize the X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism that is the subject of a voluntary safety recall. The settlement allows owners of Remington models 700, Seven, and related models to have their trigger replaced free of charge, among other benefits.

The settlement was entered following allegations that Remington firearms can fire without a trigger pull. Remington denies those allegations with respect to the trigger connector but is offering trigger replacements to ensure continued satisfaction for its valuable customers. With respect to X-Mark Pro trigger mechanisms, Remington has implemented a voluntary safety recall. If you own a firearm that is subject to the safety recall, stop using your firearm immediately.  Safety has always been a priority for Remington.

Even if you do nothing you will be bound by the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Defendants yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by November 18, 2016. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the Settlement by November 18, 2016.

Call 1-800-876-5940 now to learn the models involved, make your claim or find out more. Or visit

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MIL SISTEMIKA Integrates Thermoteknix’s TiCAM 1000 LRF Target Locator With Its PERSONAL EYE SYSTEM (PES)


The TiCAM 1000 LRF Target Locator from Thermoteknix is a versatile target acquisition and observation sensor for day and night-time use. The device has a direct-view optical channel for daytime use, a MicroCAM high resolution uncooled thermal imager, laser range finder, digital magnetic compass & GPS. Lightweight and compact, TiCAM 1000 is suitable for forward observation squads, infantry, border security and special units with varying levels of training.image

The TiCAM 1000 operates from AA or Li-Ion batteries or external power. The day-time direct-view channel needs no power, and other functions consume power only when used. It can be connected to different combat and command systems, using either a cable or via wireless connection. In addition to its role as a transmitter of location information and coordinates, TiCAM 1000 can be used as a receiving terminal from external DMC/GPS.

imagePersonal Eye System from MIL Sistemika is a personal tracking, navigation and data sharing application aimed at soldiers, police, security forces, emergency services and others who need topographic navigation, tracking, blue force tracking, and common operational picture sharing. PES was designed by active soldiers as a substitute for a traditional GPS receiver, paper map and a mobile phone. In house development by MIL Sistemika has enabled Personal Eye compatibility with TiCAM 1000.

It works on an Android platform and uses GPS and other device sensors for acquiring its location position which is then displayed on a raster map. It does not offer turn by turn navigation per se, such as Garmin or other navigation devices that rely on a road network data. PES can use online public maps (Yahoo, Google, Open Street Maps etc.), Online WMS maps (usually provided by internal GIS departments), offline maps stored on the device in TMS (tiled format), or offline cached maps stored while browsing online maps. The ability to use offline or cached offline maps is invaluable in areas with no 3G coverage or when cost of data transfer is a limiting factor.

image Infantry, policemen, snipers and rescue workers, can now use TiCAM 1000 with PES or Sniper Calculator, to transfer measurements (targets) and target images directly to the map on PES, or use measurements for ballistic calculations. Potential uses are: Target data sharing among troops, JTACs (Joint Terminal Attack Controllers), use of target images for target recognition, or damage assessment. Use of target grids for sniper, mortar or artillery control is also possible. (separate gonio head recommended).

PES is now fully compatible with Android devices (v 2.3 – v 6.0.1) via Bluetooth. Connection with Windows or Linux based computers, and connection with BES (Battle Eye System) is under development, as is USB.

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The annual Global Identity Summit conference kicked off in Tampa, today. The event brings government and industry together to exchange technologies and discuss issues related to identity. This year’s conference brings privacy concepts into the biometric and security milieu. Increasingly, biometrics is becoming a force multiplier for the military and law enforcement but it’s also pivotal in advancing the ease with which consumers conduct business electronically. Everything from voting to financial transactions is moving ahead with biometrics and identity verification. Imagine financial transactions using a biometric ATM, Capitec Bank of South Africa has done just that when it deployed Diebold biometric ATMs. System integrators, software developers and hardware manufacturers gather at the Tamp Convention Center to introduce very impressive technologies, and in subsequent posts we’ll introduce  readers to technologies like 3M’s Touchless Finger Printing and Compact Imaging MRO sub-dermal imaging.

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Nikon KeyMission Series

Nikon has introduced three new wearable action cameras sold under its KeyMission Line.

Nikon KeyMission 170
  • Captures 170 degree 4k Ultra HD Videos
  • Records in ultra-slow motion, tag sections during playback, & set up loop recordings
  • Waterproof, shockproof & freeze proof
  • M.S.R.P.  $396.95

Nikon KeyMission 80
  • Hands-free shooting modes and simple, fast operation
  • Small package, huge image quality
  • Waterproof & shockproof
  • M.S.R.P. $296.95

Nikon KeyMission 360

Captures in all directions simultaneously, then explore every view during playback on a smartphone or tablet.

  • Dual lenses record the entire field of view
  • Creates interactive 360 degree videos in 4k Ultra-HD
  • Waterproof, shockproof & freeze proof
  • M.S.R.P. $496.95
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Leica has a well established reputation for producing the finest optics in the world, a reputation established by a long history in the optics industry. The company’s first laser rangefinder entered the market in 1992 as the GEOVID 7×42 BDA laser rangefinder binocular.

Now, Leica has released a new compact laser rangefinder capable of precise measurements out to 2,000 yards. The Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B is a powerful ranging tool, offering three different ballistic outputs in addition to line of sight measured distances. Shooters can select from the following options: Equivalent Horizontal Range (EHR) up to 1200 yards or Inches of Holdover, and MIL & MOA corrections to .1 decimal point.

The Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B offers incredibly fast speeds, generating information to the rangefinder’s heads-up four-digit display in just 0.3 seconds. Precise readings are essentially ensured with the rangefinder’s included on-board inclinometer and integral air pressure and temperature sensors.

Pairing Leica’s “Optical System” with 7x magnification, the Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B produces bright, clear, high-contrast images with an excellent, wide field of view. Measuring only 4.5 inches in length and 2.25 inches tall and weighing just 6.5 ounces, the Rangemaster CRF 2000-B is perfect for extended storage in a pocket. And given its waterproof capabilities and ruggedly durable exterior, it’s a great companion afield.


Leica Rangemaster CRF 2000-B

  • Magnification: 7x
  • Objective Lens: 24mm
  • Linear Field of View: 347 feet at 1,000 yards
  • Angular Field of View: 6.6 degrees
  • Eye Relief: 15mm
  • Measuring Range: 10-2,000 yards
  • Measuring Accuracy: +/- 1 yard up to 500 yards; +/- 2 yards from 500 to 2,000 yards
  • Display: Gen. 3 four-digit LED display w/ auto brightness adjustment
  • Lens Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated, HDC, AquaDura
  • Prism System: Roof prism w/ P40 Phase Correction Coating
  • Meter/Yard Selectable: Yes, programmable
  • Measuring Modes: Single read/scan
  • Ballistic Solution Output: Line of sight distance to max, Holdover & EHR to 1,200 yards
  • Angle Readings: Yes
  • Length: 4.5 in.
  • Height: 2.25 in.
  • Width: 1.25 in.
  • Weight: 6.4 oz. w/ battery
  • Waterproof: Yes, to 3 feet
  • Body: Magnesium, Nitrogen-purged
  • M.S.R.P. $799
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Walther Arms has opened its new online store and is featuring some very nice apparel and accessories for the company’s expanding firearm products. To do a little pre-Holiday Season shopping check their store out at

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Bryan Litz On Muzzle Velocity


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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It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. For readers wondering why we did not publish a shoot-the-shit topic last Friday, we paused to remember 9/11 and all the souls who lost their lives on that tragic day.

As you know, we strive to select topics that challenge readers or perhaps provide some illumination; many are not relevant to the blogs central theme but certainly relevant. Beyond that, we believe in providing you with an opportunity to make any unsupported statement, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.  It’s also consistent with our belief that mental health “professionals” are living proof that free market economies produce sufficient surpluses to support their ass.

The 2016 Presidential Elections are just over 52 days away and we’ll say this is the most impactful elections you’ll ever be a part of, WE ARE VERY SERIOUS.  We also solidly support NSSF #GUNVOTE initiative.

This country has been morphing in ways that give us reason for concern. You may have also noticed that the modern-day liberal agenda is insidious. The study of American History in schools is in decline or diminished, the U.S. flag is diminished, pledging allegiance to the flag is all but gone, public expressions of faith are actively discouraged and political correctness (PC) is being used as a rubber hose to deny you freedom of expression that is inconsistent with the liberal agenda. The modern liberal objective is the destruction of your national identity. To that end, immigration laws are not enforced and if you even raise that as an issue you are branded a bigot. Readers, our national identity is the reason so many people around the world struggle to be part of our social fabric. Destroying our national identity destroys our understanding of where we’ve been and our journey but as anyone who’s done navigation work knows, if you don’t know where you’ve been you won’t get to where you’re going. It makes us susceptible to being led by someone else’s vision not your own. This was the driving force behind the BREXIT movement which saw the UK leave the EU. It is critically important that we remain alert and cognizant of these forces.

A recent and vivid example of that liberal brow beating is Hillary Clinton’s tasteless branding of half of Donald Trump supporters as “Deplorable” while speaking at a New York City fundraiser. So, in this week’s shoot-the-shit we’re going to help you decide if you are “Deplorable.” If your one of the undecided voters check out the poll, you may be surprised about how much we have in common. BUT, before we jump into our little survey, allows us a bit of time on the subject of  “phobic / phobia.”

A phobia is a clinical term defined by the Mayo Clinic as…

an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.

Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen anyone run in terror or flee from a gay man or lesbian woman. I’ve run across individuals who prefer a more traditional life style, I’ve run across individuals that used derogatory language to discuss gay and lesbian lifestyles and sadly I’ve heard of individuals who physically assault gays and lesbians, but folks these aren’t phobias. If you use derogatory language you’re a moron and if you assault anyone you’re a criminal; none of these are phobic! They’re simply components of a social milieu that is as complex as the heavens and even includes those who will only tell you the truth when they know you can prove they’re liars. No amount of political correctness will change that. So the political correctness movement is not an attempt to illuminate it’s the imposition of one will over the other. So, when Hilary Clinton describes 50% of Trump supporters as the “Deplorable” she is simply feeding the fears of a support base that lacks the ability to separate truth from reality and that reality is absolutely perilous. So, are you a “Deplorable?”

The survey  provides you with 10 statements. You can select none or any number that you agree with. To be considered a “Deplorable” you need to agree with a minimum of 7 statements. We’ve also included an extra credit statement to help you reach the passing score. If you select the extra credit statement you are definitely “Deplorable.”Once you’ve determined that you are “Deplorable” we ask you to register to vote and support Donald J Trump for President.

Have a great weekend! Keep coming back and lets us know what you think, but before you do that please spend some time with your buds and family. It’s all perishable and irreplaceable!
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IWI US Jericho Pistol Named NRA "Gun of the Week"

Harrisburg, Pa. (September 2016)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is proud to have the Jericho 941 FS pistol named as the National Rifle Association (NRA) “Gun of the Week” on Sept. 10, 2016, on the American Rifleman online site. American Rifleman’s Assistant Editor Christopher Olsen hosts the NRA “Gun of the Week” video review where he takes a closer look at the Jericho 941 FS pistol. Watch the video here:

Based on the highly regarded CZ-75 short recoil system, Jericho pistols combine proven design and function with IWI’s exceptionally high standards for reliable performance, accuracy and quality construction. The Jericho 941 features a frame mounted safety enabling “condition one” cocked and locked carry and single action function or hammer down double action. Additional features include an integral Picatinny rail for mounting accessories, adjustable dovetailed sights and a firing pin block. Barrels are cold hammer forged of the finest MIL-SPEC CrMoV steel.

Each Jericho 941 comes with two standard capacity magazines or two 10 round magazines for consumers who reside in states with magazine capacity restrictions.

Jericho 941 FS Specifications:
9mm Para (9x19mm), .40 S&W or .45ACP
Operating System:
Short recoil
Magazine Type:
IWI, steel
Magazine Capacity:
2-16 round 9mm; 2-12 round .40 S&W; 2-10 round .45ACP
Barrel Type:
Cold hammer forged, CrMoV
Barrel Length:
Overall Length:
2.25 lbs.
9mm 1:10 RH; .40 S&W 1:16 RH; .45ACP 1:16 RH
Grip Color:
Adjustable sights
Restricted States:
Not available in CA or MA. 2-10 round mags for capacity restricted states.
$649.00 Steel Frame; $549.00 Polymer Frame
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Kalashnikov Concern unveiled its VSV-338 bolt-action sniper rifle at Army 2016 in Moscow, Russia. The rifle is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70 mm) round. VSV-338 has a combat weight of 7.2 kg, a length of 1,100 mm, a muzzle velocity of 860 m/s, an effective range of 1,500 m, and a magazine capacity of 5 rounds. VSV-338 features free-floating barrel, an adjustable trigger, Picatinny rail on the top of the upper receiver with a Key-Mod forend , a stock made of composite materials, an ergonomic pistol grip with a heavy palm shelf, and a folding stock with folding third leg.

Interesting to note is that we’ve never run across a Russian military rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. Is it a change in philosophy or is there an expectation of NATO country sales. This is a first prototype so we’re anxious to see what the production version looks like. For the time being let just say that it has all of the right bells and whistles.

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The HK® VP9® is an ergonomic, classically German pistol that combines comfort with utilitarianism.  When Damon Young from SSVi™ first got his hands on one, this death metal drummer turned artisan knew he had to make it his own.  The SSVi Signature Series VP9 quickly became one of their most iconic modification packages, with the lines of the VP9 lending themselves seamlessly to SSVi’s recognizable style.

SilencerCo teamed up with the self-proclaimed “Modern Day Mjolnir” to create one of the most iconic Summit packages to date.  Not only does it feature hand crafted customization by SSVi and unique-to-each-model finishing by Blowndeadline – this package also includes a silencer that you can’t buy anywhere else: the Osprey 9K.


  • SSVi Signature Series VP9
  • Blowndeadline Battleworn Matching Finish on Osprey 9K and VP9
  • SilencerCo Threaded Barrel
  • Black Nitrided 1/2×28 Piston
  • Heinie™ VP9 Suppressor Sights
  • Hand-Aged Ammo Can Carrying Case
  • Two Magazines
  • All HK Factory Accessories Included

Visit the Summit page for more information.

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Norm Crawford Wins Wimbledon Cup with Composite-Technology Barrel

Image result for proof research logoCamp Perry, Ohio (September 2016) – With a score of 200-16X, U.S. Palma Champion, Norman Crawford won the 2016 Wimbledon Cup during the National Long Range Rifle Championships using a 32″ PROOF Research carbon-fiber composite barrel chambered in .284 Shehane. This prestigious cup, which dates back to 1875, is awarded annually to the winner of a 1,000-yard shooting competition consisting of 20 timed shots, fired from the prone position. Crawford’s win represents the first time in the cup’s 141-year history that it has been won with anything other than a steel barrel.

“I don’t know of anyone else in this sport using a carbon fiber barrel,” said Crawford, who’s been shooting PROOF composite barrels since 2013. “The benefits over a steel barrel are that you get a larger-diameter, stiffer, faster-cooling barrel that weighs less than a standard medium Palma-taper barrel, with no real downside I’ve been able to identify in three years of shooting them. All five PROOF barrels I own are capable of winning any match-providing I do my part.” 

A 30-year Army vet and former Army Special Operations Sniper, Crawford has been shooting competitively since 1990. His list of shooting accomplishments is long, including winning the Camp Perry National Matches-considered the “World Series of the Shooting Sports”-in 2005 and earning runner-up in 2001 and 2003. A three-time member of the U.S. Rifle Team to the World Championships, Crawford also used a PROOF barrel to tie the national record for a 600-yard Any Gun, Any Sight competition in North Carolina last November, one of five national records he has set or tied over the course of his shooting career.

According to PROOF Research CEO Larry Murphy, “We are honored that Norm chose our barrel to go up against the best shooters in the world with. His success in Palma shooting has been unparalleled and we are proud to be a part of it-and by putting our barrels to the test in intense competition, he pushes us to do our best as well.”

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Hunter 700L Stock – Remington® 700 Long Action

The Magpul Hunter 700L Stock offers users a cost effective replacement featuring fully adjustable length of pull, comb height, and enhanced ergonomics.

Compatible with Remington 700 Long Actions, the stock requires no bedding and is a true “drop-in” solution for the end user*. The 700L is also M-LOK® compatible to accept a broad range of accessories.

Also compatible with our Bolt Action Magazine Well 700L which allows the rifle to be used with detachable AICS-spec box magazines without the need for custom inletting.

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  • Compatible with standard Remington 700 pattern long action rifles with stock Remington hinged floorplates*
  • Easily upgradeable to removable AICS-spec long action magazines (.30-06 or .300WM pattern) with the affordable Magpul Bolt Action Magazine Well 700L
  • Reinforced polymer shell with Type III hard anodized, machine finished, A380 cast aluminum V-bedding block
  • Accepts ALL factory Remington barrels including aftermarket profiles up to a Medium Palma (0.920″ dia. 5.50″ forward of the breech)
  • Tapered Beam design provides good rigidity through forend and will free-float compatible barrels
  • 60 degree grip angle from bore axis
  • Adjustable LOP from 13.0”-15.0” with included 0.50” Spacers
  • Rubber recoil butt-pad included and optional OEM Butt-Pad Adapter available for use with aftermarket pads
  • Optional 0.00″, 0.50″, and 0.75″ Cheek Risers available to adjust cheek weld (Stock comes pre-fitted with 0.25″ Riser)
  • Accepts factory and most aftermarket triggers
  • M-LOK slots on forend sides and bottom for a wide variety of accessory and sling mounting options
  • Three dimpled drill points to install optional standard swivel studs (#10-32 x 3/8” long dome stud)
  • Push-button QD swivel compatibility in rear with optional Sling Mount Kits
  • Left and Right rear 1-1/4” Footman’s Loops
  • M.S.R.P. $279.95

*NOTE: Fits right-hand receivers only.

All blind floorplate ADL models will require current factory Remington hinged bottom metal or the optional Magpul Bolt Action Magazine Well 700L Standard or Magnum.

Since factory action mounting screws can come in a variety of lengths, grinding to length or utilizing longer replacements may be necessary to optimize fit with the Hunter 700L.

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Crimson Trace Announces The LG492G Green Laser Guard For SIG’s P238 and P938 Compact Pistols


Crimson Trace’s LG-492G Green Laserguard® attaches to the trigger guard of the P238/P938 by two factory supplied screws. The LG-492G is fully adjustable for windage and elevation and comes sighted in at 50 feet from the factory. See Crimson Trace web site’s holsters section for a custom holster to fit your laser equipped P238 or P938. M.S.R.P. $309

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

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

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Kalashnikov Group First Prototype Of Its SVK Sniper Rifle

Kalashnikov Group will be announcing the company’s first prototype of its SVK rifle at the Army International Military and Technical Forum held at the Patriot Export Center, Moscow, Russia. The event opened its doors 6 Sept 2016 and will run through 11 Sept 2016. This is the first time the prototype of the new semi-automatic sniper rifle SVK has been exhibited. The company developed the concept with input from active duty snipers of several Russian Special Forces units. This is an interesting offering that we’ll call the Tchaikovsky interpretation of the modern Russian DMR. The 7.62×51 chambering was a smart move that will appeal to some western customers although HK owns a majority of those markets. Nonetheless, it appears to be a rather elegant design.

The SVK compact semi-automatic sniper rifle is being developed for two of the most common military rifle cartridges, the 7.62×51 NATO and 7.62x54R.

The SVK rifle features an inverted “U”-shaped steel receiver which hosts the bolt group. It uses a short stroke piston gas operated action and rotary bolt locking with three radial lugs. The manually adjustable gas regulator ensures smooth and reliable operation under all conditions, with and without sound suppressor. The rifle is fed from detachable box magazines with standard (10 rounds) or high (15 and 20 rounds) capacities. The 7.62x54R version, utilizes magazines compatible with the  Dragunov SVD sniper rifle.

The rifle also  features ambidextrous fire controls and an integrated Picatinny rail on the top, so it can be easily equipped with a wide selection of modern day and night sights. Its side-folding buttstock is adjustable. Standard accessories include a  detachable folding bipod and quick-detachable tactical sound suppressor. At the present moment, SVK is undergoing factory trials.

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New FAA Regulations for Drones

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This post applies to individuals or companies who currently operate drones for commercial application. All drone operators need to examine what you’re are doing with your drones and if there is any gray area or overlap with commercial activity, error on the side of commercial application and get your 333 exemption or plan to comply with the new CFR Part 107.

Summer of 2016, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) released Title 14 CFR Part 107 rules that apply towards commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). This rule includes the option to apply for a certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) which allows sUAS operators to deviate from Part 107 rules if the FAA finds that the proposed operation is performed safely. Federal, State, and Local government agencies have the option to either operate under Part 107 rule or can apply for a public COA. I’ve include a condensed version of UAS flight requirements as a PDF here.

The table below compares recreational flight requirements with commercial


Recreational Use

Commercial Use

Pilot Requirements

No pilot requirements

Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
Must be 16 years old
Must pass TSA vetting

Aircraft Requirements

Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.

Must be less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation

Location Requirements

5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control

Class G airspace*

Operating Rules

Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines
Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport

Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*

Example Applications

Educational or recreational flying only

Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)

Legal or Regulatory Basis

Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107

*These rules are subject to waiver.


Waivable sections of Part 107:

  • Operations from a moving vehicle or aircraft (§ 107.25)
  • Day Operations (§ 107.29)
  • Beyond Visual Line of Sight (§ 107.31)
  • Visual Observer (§ 107.33)
  • Operating Multiple sUAS (§ 107.35)
  • Yielding the right of Way (§ 107.37 (a))
  • Operations over People (§ 107.39)
  • Operations in Certain Airspace (§ 107.41)
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PMAG® 21 GL9™ – GLOCK®

The PMAG 21 GL9 is a 21-round Glock 9mm handgun magazine featuring a new proprietary all-polymer construction for flawless reliability and durability over thousands of rounds. Meeting the overall length requirements for a 140MM competition magazine, the PMAG 21 GL9 offers additional capacity without the need for expensive extensions.

High visibility controlled-tilt follower, stainless steel spring, easily removable floorplate for cleaning, paint pen dot matrix for mag marking, ridged floorplate edges for better grip, and capacity indicator windows. Drops free loaded or unloaded. All with the same boring reliability you expect from an OEM magazine.

The PMAG 21 GL9 is compatible with all full-size, compact, and sub-compact double-stack Glock 9mm variants with some protrusion below the grip.

Made in U.S.A.


  • Compatible with all full-size, compact, and sub-compact 9mm double-stack Glock handguns
  • Durable, lightweight, and extremely stiff polymer construction
  • High visibility controlled-tilt follower
  • Long life stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance
  • Flared, easily removable floor plate
  • Dot matrix panel for magazine marking and identification
  • Magazine indicator windows on both sides of body at 10, 15, and 21 rounds remaining
  • Drops free loaded or unloaded
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What to Do with Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters

NSSF and SAAMI Recommend Not Attempting to Salvage or Use Submerged Ammunition

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Firearms owners who have seen their stored ammunition submerged by flood waters in areas across the U.S. are probably wondering if that ammunition can be salvaged and safely used. The answer, according to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute® (SAAMI®) and National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), is to err on the side of caution and safety and not attempt to salvage or use ammunition that has been submerged.

SAAMI, founded in 1926, is an organization that creates and publishes industry standards on firearms and ammunition. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

To help firearms owners determine what to do with ammunition that has been affected by water and moisture, SAAMI has created a helpful document, “Guidance on Ammunition That Has Been Submerged in Water.”

The document discusses differences in moisture resistance between centerfire, rimfire and shotshell ammunition, and draws attention to potential hazards associated with “drying out” cartridges, including possible deterioration and damage to cartridges due to drying methods.

Another serious hazard that could result from using compromised ammunition is the potential for a bore obstruction due to partial ignition of either the priming compound or the propellant powder charge, or both. Firing a subsequent round through an obstructed barrel can result in bodily injury, death and property damage.

SAAMI provides the following cautionary conclusion: “It would be impossible to ascertain for certain the extent of the deteriorating affect, if any, the water may have had on each individual cartridge. Therefore, the safe answer is that no attempt be made to salvage or use submerged ammunition. The ammunition should be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. Contact your local law enforcement agency for disposal instructions in your area.

Read the full document.

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Liberty Ammunition Announces its New 30-06 Springfield

The newest hunting round in the Animal Instinct line, the 30-06 Springfield offers hunters blistering speed, accuracy and unmatched knockdown power

Bradenton, Fla. (August 2016) –Liberty Ammunition announces that its newest hunting round from its Animal Instinct line, the 30-06 Springfield, is now shipping. The Liberty Ammunition 30-06 Springfield exits a rifle at velocities greater than 3,500 FPS with a muzzle energy greater than 2,700 FPE.

“We are pleased to release the 30-06 Springfield round right in time for hunting season. We think hunters of all levels will enjoy the reduced recoil and match grade accuracy and most of all the increased lethality of our Animal Instinct line. ” said Matt Phillips, VP of sales and marketing for Liberty Ammunition.

Click play to see it in action!

Although the 30-06 Springfield is known for being a classic hunting round, there’s nothing old-school about Liberty Ammunition’s new cartridge. This state-of-the-art round boasts a lead-free copper-monolithic fragmenting hollow-point design that gives hunters an edge when they’re out in the field.

Liberty Ammunition Animal Instinct 30-06 Springfield Specifications:

  • Description: Copper Monolithic, Fragmenting Hollow-Point, Lead Free Hunting Round
  • Weight:                    100 gr.
  • Velocity:                 >3,500 FPS
  • Kinetic Energy:        >2,700 FPE
  • Accuracy:                  1 MOA @ 500 yds.
  • Terminal Effect:       >5″ W x 16″ D
  • Rounds:                     20 per box
  • MSRP:                      $59.49

Check out the entire line of high performance, lead-free Liberty Ammunition, as well as apparel products, at

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The SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle From Ritter & Stark Debuts At AUSA 2016

Ritter & Stark, a new Austrian firearm manufacturing company, launches an advanced weapon design capable of serving warfighters, Law Enforcement and professionals alike, at the AUSA Annual Meeting


Feistritz, Austria (September 8, 2016) – Ritter & Stark, an Austrian-based firearms design and manufacturing company, will be exhibiting their initial product launch of the SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle (MTR) at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, held in Washington D.C., Oct. 3 – 5, 2016.

Ritter & Stark was formed in 2015 in an area of Austria well-known for introducing to the world some of the most innovative firearm systems ever produced. Bringing together highly skilled engineers, talented firearm designers, technologically advanced R&D and state-of-the-art manufacturing, Ritter & Stark developed a modular rifle platform designed to allow the user to customize it to be mission specific. The SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle can be quickly and easily interchanged between a .308 Win., .300 Win Magnum and a .338 Lapua Magnum. The SX-1 allows operators to incorporate aftermarket magazines and drop-in upgrades with AR15/M16/M4 pistol grips and buttstocks that will fit the original Ritter & Stark folding buttstock mechanism.

Multiple features on the SX-1 MTR make this the ultimate precision rifle for serious shooters. The MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail is installed directly on the barrel, allowing barrel interchangeability with pre-set scopes for no shift of impact when changing calibers. Easily and quickly done in the field, the patented caliber conversion system allows the barrel to be precisely positioned in the machined aluminum receiver with a greater area of contact allowing for more stability. The bolt is locked directly into the barrel breech giving the SX-1 unprecedented accuracy, shot after shot.

The SX-1 MTR barrel is processed in a unique CNC-controlled electrochemical machine. The process greatly limits any mechanical stress or the transmission of thermal effects on the barrel while ensuring a uniform match-grade barrel in either fluted or bull-barrel configuration. Unlike other precision rifles, no matter the caliber, our barrels are guaranteed to at least 5,000 rounds for .308Win and .338LM, and 2,000 rounds for .300WM before noticing any degradation in accuracy. For the shooter, this means that every rifle we manufacture can achieve 0.5 MOA 3-­-round groups or better with factory match grade ammunition.

Customization is key for military, law enforcement and precision long-range shooters as environments constantly change. The SX-1 MTR’s adaptability to fit the operator, as well as the scenario, is demonstrated in its adjustable cheekpiece, recoil pad, left/right folding capability of the buttstock and its acceptance of different aftermarket magazines, triggers and pistol grips. The SX-1 MTR is also compatible with other manufacturers’ AR-10 magazines in the standard configuration.

The SX-1 MTR is the rifle of the future. It combines the newest manufacturing processes with the most technologically advanced materials and is designed by some of the world’s most highly skilled firearms engineers. Every SX-1 MTR is put through the most rigorous testing available before it’s allowed out the door.

Visit Ritter & Stark at the AUSA show and see the future of rifle systems available now at booth #3315.

SX-1 MTR Specifications:
.308 Win (7.62X51 NATO)
.300 Win Magnum
.338 Lapua Magnum
Barrel Length
24.5″ / 623 mm
27.15″ / 690 mm
27.15″ / 690 mm
Overall Length
47.3″ / 1202 mm
50.8″ / 1291 mm
50.8″ / 1291 mm
Length Folded
37.5″ / 953 mm
41″ / 1041 mm
41″ / 1041 mm
Overall Width
3.2″ / 81 mm
3.2″ / 81 mm
3.2″ / 81 mm
Width Folded
4″ / 103 mm
4″ / 103 mm
4″ / 103 mm
Rifling Grooves
Rifling Twist
1:11″ / 280 mm
1:10″ / 254 mm
1:10″ / 254 mm
TTL Weight (w/o mag)
12.8 lbs. / 5.9 kg
13.7 lbs. / 6.3 kg
13.7 lbs. / 6.3 kg
Ultralight Model Weight
11.25 lbs. / 5.2 kg
11.9 lbs. / 5.5 kg
11.9 lbs. / 5.45kg
Magazine Capacity
10 rounds*
5 / 10 rounds
5 / 10 rounds
Stock Length Adjustment
2.4″ / 60 mm
2.4″ / 60 mm
2.4″ / 60 mm
Optical Interface
MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail with 12, 20 or 40 MOA forward inclination.
Accessories Interface
Allows MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails via M-LOK™ or M5 screws. Octagonal cross section enables handguard to accept accessories in 45° steps.
Folding Stock
MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail to attach a monopod.
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Bryan Litz On Wind

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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This smart phone video illuminator + charger enables smart phone users to shoot vibrant high-quality video at night or in poorly lit spaces -something never before possible! It features two high-performance LEDs whose light output is shaped by two specially designed reflectors that create a blended beam shaped to perfectly fit a 16:9 HD video frame – up to 1500 lumens and with an effective range of 50 feet.

FirePak’s disbursed light pattern and far-reaching range renders breathtaking video images under low light conditions that can also be used for still photos. It has four output levels that are selectable remotely via a free Bluetooth app or manually with the integrated side switch, so the right amount of light can be selected.

SureFire offers high-quality phone cases, sold separately for the iPhone 6/6S and Galaxy S5, that easily and securely attach the phone and phone case to the fire packs integrated rails.

The FirePak pulls triple duty as a bright video light source, charger for your phone or electronics, and powerful handheld light. It will be indispensable for anyone with a smartphone. Own the night with the FirePak.


  • Two high-performance LEDs and multifaceted reflectors create 1500 lumens of perfect light specially designed to light 16:9 HD video.
  • Multi-setting slide switch provides easy access to four light-output levels + off.
  • Integrated rails securely attach to popular smartphones via specially developed SureFire cases.
  • Energy-dense Li-ion battery provides extensive power & runtime for illumination (video & security) and sufficient power to re-charge smartphones up to two times, depending on model.
  • USB and Micro-USB ports provide simple capability to charge your smartphone and also to recharge the FirePak itself.
  • Battery-charge indicator light offers continuous power status.
  • M.S.R.P. $299
  • Output / Runtime — White Lighting High 1,500 Lumens / 0.25 Hours* Low 100 Lumens / 5 Hours*
  • Length 4.6 inches
  • Weight 4.5 oz
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White River Knife & Tool Tactical Utility Knife

White River Knife & Tool reintroduces their GTI 4.5 tactical/utility knife designed for serious backcountry or combat use. Everyone has “the best” war fighting knife but check this out for some interesting features and functional design. This model was previously test manufactured however full production was stopped for other knives. The GTI 4.5 sold out and due to popular demand the company has made it a permanent part of their inventory.

A primary feature of the GTI 4.5 is the high-traction, textured olive drab hefty 5 ¼ inch long Micarta handle. The deeply textured handle design provides a no-slip grip, regardless of conditions or use of gloves. This is a serious heavy use knife without bells and whistles or some type of Star Wars up turned dual point blade with “cooling holes.” 

Along with the no-slip, high-traction Micarta handle it has a cutout for the index finger. Moreover, if extreme leverage is required the choil is cut out so the user can use both index and second fingers to securely retain more leverage in heavy cutting chores. A wide lanyard loop will fit either cord or a strap (web gear), and the rear is notched for secure no slip striking use if needed. The top of the handle is engineered for a better hand grip with a slight rise for the thumb.

The full tang 4 ½ inch blade is a stout 3/16-inch-thick CPM S35VN steel at a 60 Rockwell C scale hardness. This knife has a fairly wide modified fighting blade design featuring a wider cutting surface leading up to the spine of the knife.

The black finish is Ionbond, a process which deposits incredibly robust diamond like carbon through a molecular vapor deposited technique that will not peel, crack or chip and adds no thickness to the blade.

This unique knife includes a sheath made of a heavy leather with tough Tactical Tailor Mallice clips for attachment to Molle webbing, conventional pack webbing as well as a wide military belt loop for conventional waist wear.


  • Model: GTI 4.5(Designed by former Army Ranger and now bladesmith Justin Gingrich)
  • Blade: 4 1/2-inch CPM S35VN 3/16-inch thick steel black Ionbond finish, 60 RC hardness
  • Handle: 5 1/4-inch long high-traction machined olive drab Micarta
  • Overall length: 9 3/4-inches
  • Weight: 9.45 ounces
  • Sheath: Heavy leather construction configured and equipped to fit Molle gear or belt use
  • MSRP: $300
  • Source: All Materials and processes in both knife and sheath are made in the United States.


White River Knife & Tool®
130 Mason Drive
Coopersville MI
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Offer at

Win an SLR104 rifle and a spot on Team K-VAR at Red Oktober!

Submit your video to enter! We’re looking for a safe, skilled shooter passionate about the AK to submit their videos. All you have to do is show us in some way why we should pick you to shoot on Team K-VAR and why you love the AK so much. That’s it! We will choose the top 3 entries and leave it up to the fate of Facebook to vote for their favorite!

You Will Win

  • A spot on Team K-VAR for the Red Oktober match (Oct. 28, 29, 30 at Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range in St. George, UT)
  • Free entry into the Red Oktober event ($150 value)
  • A Team K-VAR shooting jersey ($100 value)
  • Your choice of either one of the team guns (an Arsenal SLR104-36 rifle valued at $1143.63) or a $1000 Travelocity credit towards your travel expenses (Gun will be shipped to the FFL of your choice)
  • Free ammunition for the Red Oktober event ($200 value)
  • Lodging in St. George Utah for the event ($200 value)
  • Dinner Saturday night courtesy of Team K-VAR ($50 value)

Read complete rules HERE!

Good luck and we’ll see YOU at Red Oktober!

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