Just When You Thought Darwin’s Natural Selection Works

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As we roll into Memorial Day, a national holiday to honor our fallen brothers and sisters, miscreants in Venice, CA desecrated the Vietnam War Memorial located on Pacific Ave and Sunset Court. The Memorial lists the names of the many M.I.A. More interesting is that L.A. Police has no active investigation underway to apprehend those responsible. There’s a large number of Vietnam Veterans that make Southern California their home it’d be nice to see them take care of the matter.

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ISOF CAPABILITIES DEMONSTRATION SOFIC 2016

The SOFIC 2016 International Special Operation Forces (ISOF) Capabilities Demonstration is one of the many highlights of this year’s SOFIC conference held annually in The City of Tampa. The ISOF Demonstration is conducted every other year and draws huge crowds from the Special Operations community and their industry partners.

In this year’s demonstration, Tampa’s  mayor, Bob Buckhorn is taken by a terrorist organization and held aboard a large yacht at anchor between Tampa General Hospital and Tampa’s Convention Center. Fearing a response, the terrorist organization moves the mayor off the yacht to a hut on shore. ISOF springs into action by inserting two SEALS who will swim on close circuit breathing apparatus and clear the dock area in preparation for a boat assault. Two MD 530 Little Bird will insert snipers on the roof tops of the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa General Hospital. Two MH60 Blackhawks enter the area; one deploys combat swimmers who will board the vessel, the second will insert a boarding party by fast rope. Upon clearing the yacht they discovered that the mayor was moved to shore. A waterborne assault is ordered using two rigid hull inflatable craft. Tremendous gun fire ensues, the mayor is located by the assault team and secured. A squad HALOs in to the AO and land in the water. All units prepare to EXFIL the area along with the combat swimmers by SPIES.

We hope you enjoy the slide show and feel free to let us know what you think…

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SOFIC 2016 – INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO THE COMMERCIAL sUAS THREAT

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The proliferation of hobby and commercial sUAS represents a significant threat to commercial aviation and domestic critical infrastructure. DHS, FAA and DOD are the principal drivers behind the recent Draconian restrictions placed on commercial and hobby sUAS flight. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires every drone, R/C (radio controlled) aircraft operator to register before flying drones, aircraft (sUAS) weighing over .55lbs (just over 2 sticks of butter) and must have a compliant label for identification and carry Certificate of Registration (Flight ID). Anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft (sUAS), Drone, RC Model Aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must also register before their next flight. You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register and do not register, including fines of up to $250,000.

In addition to the obvious concerns over aviation safety, sUAS  pose a very real terrorism threat as they can be used to deliver biological agents, explosives and other devices. Individuals can be readily targeted using a small unmanned aerial vehicle. Fortunately, most of the sUAS incidents to date have been nothing more than vulgar displays of their owner’s stupidity. However, the potential for a much more insidious application is there and industry is responding with some very interesting technology.

Batelle, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has introduced the Drone Defender to help security and law enforcement personnel deal with those pesky sUAS intrusions. The Drone Defender selectively attacks two sUAS systems, the radio control channel and the GPS signal. The active electronic elements are mounted on an M4 / AR15 platform, the longer antenna is the r.f jammer while the shorter lower antenna steps on the GPS signal. The system projects a 30 degree r.f. beam, with a 400 yard range,  that attacks the sUAS radio control channel. The r.f. signal transmitted by the Drone Defender steps on the radio control frequency essentially decreasing the drone’s receiver signal-to-noise ration such that the sUAS receiver can no longer discern its control signal. At that point, depending on how the drone is programmed, one of three things will happen. The drone will return home, slowly return to the ground or hover. If the GPS signal is attacked, the drone will lose its GPS reference and could be forced to the ground for confiscation and / or forensic analysis.

There are presently 10 Drone Defenders in use with DHS and DOD but the company hopes those numbers will increase as the technology is proven and accepted.

 

About Batelle

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change

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GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FLAT TAX

It’s Friday and time for another shoot-the-shit topic. Shoot-the-shit topics are not always in keeping with this Blog’s genre. We recognize that you’ve had a long and hard week, so during our shoot-the-shits we provide you with interesting topics, the ability to make any unsupported statement, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject all together.

We’re getting very tired of a mainstream media that does nothing more than report on what our 2016 political candidates say on Twitter or Facebook. In last week’s shoot-the-shit we talked to you about NAFTA and what effects it’s had on regional trade since its implementation in 1994. If you’ve read it, you are now equipped to avoid getting snowed. This week we’d like to talk about global warming and the flat tax. I’ll start with Global Warming / Climate Change.

I’m not presenting a scientific treatise on the subject because it’s a toga party subject where “intellectuals” sit around speaking with multisyllabic words while their stretch limousines sit around waiting to pick them up. I’m going to present something very basic, a thought process. You can accept it, reject it or critique it, it’s simply a thought process.

The earth is a 4.6 billion year old ecosystem that has been undergoing climate change since its inception. We know this from our own Great Lakes, which were formed about 20,000 years ago when the earth’s climate warmed and the last glacial continental ice sheet retreated.  Let’s examine one more example, the Sahara Desert which began to be formed with the shrinkage of the Tethys – a giant ocean that was the origin of the modern Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas – a process that began 7 million – 4 million years ago. So, let’s agree that climate change has been occurring since the earth developed an atmosphere. All this occurred loooooong before man started using fossil fuels or driving Chevies. Any attempt to forecast doom and gloom from 100 years of data suggesting global warming and subsequent climate change is equivalent to forecasting your health with only seconds worth of medical data.

The earth’s surface is 75% water and as surface temperatures increase water evaporates and rises in the atmosphere, where it cools, condenses and becomes rain which has a cooling effect so it’s a self-regulating mechanism. There are other bio regulators at play also. However, as long as we have an atmosphere we are in reasonably good shape.

Our real challenge is the growing global population, which is currently at 7.3 billion people, all of who need clean breathable air, clean drinkable water, nutrition that provides a minimum of 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day and a source of unlimited and inexpensive power to drive global development.

Earlier I said the earth’s surface is 75% water so 25% is land. The total land surface area of Earth is about 57,308,738 square miles, of which about 33% is desert and about 24% is mountainous and generally considered uninhabitable. Subtracting this uninhabitable 57% (32,665,981 mi2) from the total land area leaves 24,642,757 square miles or 15.77 billion acres of habitable land. Of this habitable land approximately 50% is being used for farming and grazing. Our future challenge is how to increase food output from a limited land supply, how to reclaim uninhabitable land and how to manage the need for increase population density. Meeting all of these challenges, requires abundant and inexpensive energy sources and shutting down coal production and fossil fuel powered plants stands as a monument to stupidity. Driving up energy costs on a domestic and global scale to mitigate climate change and promote renewable sources is a colossal error in judgment. 

A comparison of how much land would be needed to produce 1,800 Megawatts of solar or wind energy compared to the amount of land needed to produce 1,800 Megawatts by a nuclear plant

Solar Power

  • Power Output: 1 Megawatt per 7.4 acres of photovoltaic solar panels.
  • Land Use: 13,320 acres (21 square miles)

Wind Power

  • Power Output: Above Average Wind Turbine Generates 2.5 Megawatts/turbine
  • Land Use: 108,000 acres (169 square miles)

Nuclear Power

  • Power Output: ~1,800 Megawatts ( 2 reactors)
  • Land Use: 1,100 acres1 (1.7 square miles)

Knowing that global population is increasing and that habitable land is limited, what power source and supporting technologies would you invest in?

Take the global warming and climate change argument with a very large grain of salt, but recognize that the pressing need is accommodating an increasing global population in a very limited supply of habitable and farmable land.

 

The Flat Tax

Let me dispel the notion that Presidents are responsible for economies. The only thing a President has direct control of is the regulatory environment via his or her agencies. They can also influence fiscal policy but it is Congress that levies taxes. Economies work where there is an abundance of liquidity (monetary policy) and where the markets are allowed to freely interact creating demand and supply. Economies are consumption driven through consumer demand and capital investments on the part of business.

The flat tax has the appeal of a glazed doughnut. It’s simple and intuitive, and from an economist’s view it makes sense. A flat tax would do away with all business and individual deductions; for example, the homeowner deduction would disappear. Because the deduction is a subsidy, home prices of existing and new homes would drop. But, a flat tax is pie in the sky and here’s why.

One of the most powerful tools government has to influence behavior is through tax law. For example, if government wants to see a 50 m.p.g. vehicle it offers the buyer a large tax credit and through tax law they incentivize individuals or businesses to move in a specific direction. This works in both ways for example smoking. Government wants you to stop smoking, so how do they do it? They keep increasing the price per pack by adding or increasing taxes. A flat tax at the federal or local level greatly limits a lawmaker’s ability to influence, one way or the other, individuals and businesses. This is something they’re not likely to be willing to give up.

There are thousands of law firms across the United States who’s primary business is tax law. They would be pushed out of business.

There are thousands of C.P.A. firms across America that look to tax season in order to make their annual revenue targets. They too would be pushed out of business.

Large publicly traded corporations have spent billions of dollars lobbying for sector specific tax credits or deductions. As a result, they have effective tax brackets lower than most individuals and in many cases paying $0 taxes and in several cases the ability to carry tax losses forward to other tax years. A flat tax would eliminate those deductions resulting in a much higher effective tax bracket for these companies. They’re not going to get behind a flat tax.

So if you’re a candidate for office pledging a flat tax, the media should be asking you how do you get a flat tax passed? Give Facebook and Twitter a break media and drill down on candidate positions.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our shoot-the-shit. Have a great weekend, be safe and spend quality time with your buds and family.

 

 

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SNEAK PEEK JOINT CAPABILITIES DEMONSTRATION – SOFIC 2016

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MECHANIX WEAR NOW OFFERING A FINGERLESS M-PACT

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M-Pact Fingerless Covert

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DAY 2 SOFIC 2016 GETTING STARTED

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SOFIC 2016 Kicks Off Tuesday In Tampa

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2016 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) will be held May 23–26, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. This year’s conference theme, “Evolving the Network to Counter Emerging Threats,” reflects the enduring vision of a global Special Operations Forces (SOF) network, acknowledging the SOF network is in place and now must adapt to address present and future threats. The conference will provide a forum for military, including partner nations, government, academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss how to best support global SOF in today’s environment. The conference will include panel discussions, workshops, and remarks from the USSOCOM Commander and Acquisition Executive. 

2016 SOFIC will also include an International SOF Capabilities Demonstration.  Attendees will witness a live tactical capabilities exercise jointly conducted by U.S. and International SOF that will highlight SOF sea, land, and air capabilities, and showcase the partnership and interoperable tactical capabilities of the global Special Operations Forces network.

Stay connected during SOFIC by downloading the Official 2016 SOFIC app, and using #SOFIC to share your SOFIC experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also read the SOFIC Daily for an update on what’s happening: Sunday, May 22.  

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MAGPUL HUNTER X-22 TAKEDOWN STOCK FOR THE RUGER 10/22 TAKEDOWN – COMING SOON

Hunter X-22 Takedown Stock – Ruger® 10/22 Takedown®

The Magpul Hunter X-22 Takedown chassis is an ergonomic, full-featured stock for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown series rifle.

Made from high quality reinforced polymer, the Hunter X-22 Takedown 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 Takedown fits standard Ruger 10/22 Takedown .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.

FEATURES

  • Drop-in design compatible with all factory Ruger 10/22 Takedown .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 (#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
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BLACKHAWK! Will Announce The Company’s New Suppressor Line at 2016 NRA Annual Meeting

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(Overland Park, KS)  BLACKHAWK! launched a family of suppressors. The suppressors include seven models ranging from .22 Rimfire up to .338 Lapua Magnum. All BLACKHAWK! suppressors have a distinctive patent-pending hexagonal pattern, and the lightweight construction offers an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio.

The seven models in the suppressor line include:

  • Pulse Rimfire
  • Smoke Stack .45 Pistol
  • Mini Boss 9mm Pistol and 300 Blackout
  • Barrage 5.56mm rifle
  • Gas Can 7.62mm rifle
  • Carnivore .300 Win Mag
  • Wrath .338 Lapua Mag

BLACKHAWK!’s family of suppressors will be on display at the company’s booth (Vista Outdoor #4623) at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Show. Guests are encouraged to stop by to learn more about this exciting new product launch. BLACKHAWK! product designers will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss the benefits of the new suppressor line.

The family of suppressors will be available late summer 2016.

BLACKHAWK!, a Vista Outdoor Inc. brand, is constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide tactical gear that won’t let you down. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.com.

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Super Brush LLC Introduces .30 Caliber Bore-Whips

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The folks at Super Brush have introduced a .30 caliber rifle  Bore-Whip to properly clean your favorite rifle breach to muzzle. The  Bore-Whip is a 45” long neon colored pull handle that is light weight, easy to carry and non-metallic. The Bore-Whip is terminated in an 8-32 threaded adapter that also swivels as you pull the Bore-tip through your rifle’s bore. Bore-tips are reusable and can be washed with soap and water or mineral spirits. You can also attach your favorite bore brush to the Bore-Whip for a more judicious scrub if necessary.

For additional details visit: http://www.bore-tips.com/

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HK ADDS A VP FDE Variant

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New for 2016 are Flat Dark Earth (FDE) models in 9mm and .40 S&W VPs with special colorants added to the frame during the molding process creating the tan/brown color scheme increasing used by military and security units. The frame’s color is indestructible, permanent and completely resistant to fading or chemical change. Available at dealers now with a MSRP of $819. Includes two magazines (15rd or 10rd) and night sights.

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MPA’s Evolution Rifle Program: Turn Your Action into an MPA BA Rifle


Comer, Ga. (May 2016)MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles, Chassis Systems, Defender Pistols and Carbines, Suppressors and MPAR Rifles, announces the Evolution Rifle program. Gun owners with an existing Remington 700 (Short or Long Actions) or Savage (Short or Long) rifles or barreled action can send it in to MPA for a complete MPA BA Rifle evolution.

Here’s the Process:

  • Send in your existing barreled action. MPA will remove the barrel (returned to the customer) from the action.
  • The action will be blueprinted, including truing the face of the receiver and the lugs, plus recutting the threads. The receiver lugs will be squared up, the bolt face will be squared and the bolt lugs will be lapped.
  • A Spencer/MPA barrel will be installed. The barrel contour will be to the customer’s specifications, along with barrel length (up to 27″). The caliber and chamber will also be to customer specs. The barrel itself will be an MPA 416R stainless, button rifled, stress relieved and hand lapped match grade barrel. When the chamber and muzzle are cut, both will be indicated into less than .0001″ of runout from the chamber to the bore.
  • Action and barrel will be installed in either our BA Chassis, BA Competition Chassis or BA Lite Chassis.
  • Pick the Cerakote color.
  • A 20MOA Scope Base will be installed.
  • Options include trigger designation, Cerakoting the action, addition of muzzle brake and bedding the action if needed.

Pricing:

BA Competition or Standard Chassis Base Package – $1795

Includes: Action/Bolt Truing, MPA Barrel + Install, MPA BA Chassis, Rifle Basix Trigger, Scope Base, Thread Protector.

BA Lite Chassis Base

Package – $1620

Includes: Action/Bolt Truing, MPA Barrel + Install, MPA BA Lite Chassis, Rifle Basix Trigger, Scope Base, Thread Protector.

To order the BA Evolution, please visit http://masterpiecearms.com/shop/mpa-ba-evolution-rifle/ or contact Phil at 866-803-0000 x4 or by email at phil@masterpiecearms.com.

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NAFTA WAS IT GOOD FOR AMERICA?

The 2016 elections will influence our country’s future in profound ways and they could also have significant consequences for the firearms and ammunition industry, which on the aggregate contributes $50 billion per year to the economy and supports some 288,000 jobs.

The American electorate can no longer rely and the majority of the media to educate and enlighten its viewers and readers by confronting candidates; pressing them to substantiate their positions with relevant details. Instead we ask candidates if they were bullied when they were in high school. So. we’ve decided to use our weekly shoot-the-shits to shed some light on the topics. Our objective is not to convince you of anything. We feel that you have a sufficiently high I.Q. to make your own decision, but there is so much crap being thrown around that’s accompanied by so little analysis that someone needs to do something. We’ve decided to be that someone. So our topic for this week’s shoot-the-shit is NAFTA and was it good for America.

One of the claims to fame circulated by the Clinton Campaign is how great NAFTA was for the country and how former President Bill Clinton should be the economy czar. So we decided to take a look at the numbers to see if they support that assertion. The table below, is a compilation of data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, I’ll post that link at the end of this article, and it is authoritative.

NAFTA was passed by both houses of Congress in 1993 and signed into law by Bill Clinton in December of 1993. NAFTA went into effect on 1 January 1994. The table details “Exports”, meaning what we sold to them, and “Imports” which is what we bought from them. The last column is the “Net Difference.” If we bought more than we sold the number is a negative value and if sold more than we bought the number is a positive value. That data presented are full year figures from 1994 through 2015. The last line on the table are “Totals.”

What the Clinton campaign will point to is the “Export” column saying something like… “NAFTA increased U.S. Exports to Central and South America from $41.708 Billion in 1994 to $153.306 Billion in 2015; yes, this is true; however, taken by itself it does not tell the complete story. For the same period 1994 to 2015 Imports increased dramatically and from 1998 to 2008, Imports were significantly higher than Exports. If you look at the totals line, you’ll see that for the 1994 to 2015 period Imports exceeded Exports by $97.219 Billion. (Note: imports are actually understated because the numbers do not reflect the $200 – $750 Billion a year of illegal drugs moving through the border into the United States. But we can’t attribute that to NAFTA)

So, who was the principal beneficiary of NAFTA? I’d say Central and South America. We’re willing to call it a win-win; however, NAFTA also created the mechanism for U.S. corporations to establish manufacturing operations in Central and South America to escape the higher cost U.S. labor market and U.S. regulatory overhead – making what Donald Trump is saying in broad terms quite true.

We’ve also added a graph that we think is interesting. I think we can all see and agree that “Imports” are driven by U.S. demand for Central and South American good and services, and “Exports” are driven by Central and South America demand for U.S. goods and services. Now, look at the graph between 2008 and 2009. Imports took a dive coinciding with our own economic crash of 2008. From 2009 through 2011 Imports and Exports grew at nearly the same rate but in 2011 Imports once again  begin to decline. What do you think that says about the U.S. economy and what does it say about Central and South America’s economy? That was a little Quiz for our readers.

We hope you enjoyed the enlightenment and we encourage you to press our lackluster media to do a little homework so we can talk about the topics we love and not infringe on what they should be doing!

Have a great weekend! Spend some quality time with your buds and family; remember that relationships are perishable.

Historical Trade Data Between The United States  and Central and South America
Source: U.S. Census Data
Year Exports Imports Net Diff
2015 153,306.0 115,872.3 37,433.7
2014 184,018.7 150,691.2 33,327.5
2013 184,359.6 158,518.1 25,841.5
2012 183,184.0 171,791.3 11,392.7
2011 169,012.3 174,290.9 -5,278.6
2010 138,576.8 131,424.8 7,152.0
2009 109,548.8 108,099.1 1,449.7
2008 136,945.7 159,979.4 -23,033.7
2007 106,780.4 134,815.6 -28,035.2
2006 88,379.6 123,675.8 -35,296.2
2005 72,323.8 122,873.0 -50,549.2
2004 61,379.7 98,647.8 -37,268.1
2003 51,946.2 78,029.1 -26,082.9
2002 51,551.2 69,503.2 -17,952.0
2001 58,155.9 67,370.0 -9,214.1
2000 59,282.7 73,347.7 -14,065.0
1999 55,152.6 58,464.7 -3,312.1
1998 63,394.9 50,266.1 13,128.8
1997 63,020.1 53,697.0 9,323.1
1996 52,598.7 49,547.0 3,051.7
1995 49,991.4 42,472.5 7,518.9
1994 41,708.2 38,459.8 3,248.4
Totals $2,134,617.3 $2,231,836.4 -$97,219.1

 

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U.S. Census Data: https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0009.html

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HK SP5K Pistol Comes to the USA

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Heckler & Koch is introducing the new SP5K pistol at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. A semi-automatic pistol based on the MP5K, the all-new 9 mm SP5K was developed by Heckler & Koch as a sporting pistol that matches the look and feel of the famous submachine gun.

Designed and manufactured as a civilian pistol, the SP5K marks the return of the roller delayed blowback operating system to an HK commercial product. This system is well-known for its accuracy and reliability. Originally developed on the G3 rifle, it has been used on many of Heckler & Koch’s most memorable firearms of the last 60 years.

“The SP5K is a unique and historic HK pistol that captures the essence of the legendary MP5K but as a semi-auto handgun,”said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial Sales and Marketing. “It’s equipped with a special ergonomic handguard that protects the shooter’s supporting hand and enables a stable and comfortable grip. A bungee cord sling is also included and makes shooting an SP5K easy. It’s a fun gun to shoot and goes a long way in recreating the experience of handling and firing a real MP5 subgun.”

The SP5K duplicates the quality and fine details of the MP5, including its precision machined components. The same cold-hammer forged barrel used on the MP5K is found on the SP5K, ensuring a service life of tens of thousands of rounds. The SP5K is manufactured completely in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany.

As a large size handgun that uses the proven roller delayed blowback system, the SP5K’s inherent accuracy makes it an excellent choice for target shooting and an ideal household security arm.

A wide variety of accessories can be added to increase its functionality. A Picatinny rail scope mount is attached to the upper receiver and allows optional sights to be easily mounted. The SP5K also comes “ready-for-action”in a custom-fitted, lockable, high-quality carrying case.

Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the HK SP5K is a faithful rendering of the iconic MP5K as a semi-automatic pistol. Projected availability is July 2016 with a MSRP of $2699.

Configuration and Pricing

  • Part no. M750900-A5, SP5K 9mm with two 30rd magazines – MSRP $2699
  • Part no. 750900-A5, SP5K 9mm with two 10rd magazines – MSRP $2699
  • Part no. 206349S, Magazine, SP5K, 9mm, 30 rounds – MSRP $80
  • Part no. 239257S, Magazine, SP5K, 9mm, 10 rounds – MSRP $80
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STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 1L-1AA

Ultra-bright, Compact EDC Light Also Accepts “Dual Fuel” Batteries

EAGLEVILLE, PA, May 18, 2016– Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the lightweight, high lumen, ProTac 1L-1AA.  The latest compact addition to the ProTac® series of tactical lights offers the added convenience of using either one CR123A or AA lithium battery, or an easy-to-source AA alkaline battery. Its size and “dual fuel” options make it the perfect Everyday Carry (EDC) light.

The ProTac 1L-1AA uses a high power C4® LED to deliver up to 350 lumens, depending on the battery source selected. Offering high, low and strobe settings, it features a TEN-TAP® programmable switch that allows user selection of one of three different programs: high/strobe/low (factory default); high only; or low/high.

“The ProTac 1L-1AA is the latest addition to our ‘dual fuel’ lights, which provide multiple battery options, depending on availability or user preference,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “The combination of its size, output and battery versatility makes its one of the brightest and most versatile everyday carry lights available.  It’s ideal for tactical, military, outdoor and other users when conducting maneuvers or search operations, or performing other tasks under low-light conditions.”

When using one 3 Volt CR123A lithium battery, the ProTac 1L-1AA on High provides 6,400 candela and 350 lumens over a 160-meter distance, with a runtime of one hour and 30 minutes.  On the Low setting, the light delivers 720 candela, a 53-meter distance and 40 lumens, with a runtime of 14 hours.

With a AA Alkaline or AA Lithium battery inserted, the light on High provides 2,750 candela, 150 lumens and a 105-meter beam distance; on Low, it offers 720 candela and 40 lumens over 53 meters.  Runtimes on the High setting are 1 hour and 20 minutes with a AA Alkaline, and 4 hours and 15 minutes with a AA Lithium battery; on Low, they are 7 hours and 30 minutes and 14 hours, respectively.  The Strobe setting runs for up to 8 hours.

The light features a multi-function, pushbutton tactical tail switch, which allows for one-handed operation of the momentary, variable intensity or strobe settings. Fabricated from 6000 series machined aluminum with a black anodized finish, the light features a high temperature, impact-resistant Boro Float glass lens. The ProTac 1L-1AA measures 4.25 inches in length and weighs 2.5 ounces with an included CR123A battery, and 2.8 ounces with an included AA alkaline battery.

The new light is rated IPX7 for waterproof operation to 1 meter for 30 minutes and is impact resistant tested to 2 meters. Packaged with a removable pocket clip and holster, it comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. The MSRP is $68.00.

About Streamlight

Based in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. has more than 40 years of experience making tough, durable, long-lasting flashlights designed to serve the specialized needs of professionals and consumers alike.  Since 1973, the company has designed, manufactured and marketed high-performance flashlights, and today offers a broad array of lights, lanterns, weapon light/laser sighting devices, and scene lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting, industrial, automotive, and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.  For additional information, please call 800-523-7488, visit www.streamlight.com

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SURVIVETEC TO EXHIBIT THE COMPANY’s UNIQUE CQB SCENARIO EXPERIENCE AT SOFIC IN TAMPA

In an event that Survivetec describes as immersive, visitors to the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) 2016 will have the opportunity to experience a Close Quarters Battle (CQB) scenario.

Simulating CQB situations is enormously complex because of the variability in environments, structures and situations. To achieve realism, Survivetec has teamed with several companies. They include the Inflatable Walls Companyfor the Shoot House structure, Fitlight Tactical Systems for the targeting system, GD Simunition for the training ammo, and Ready One for the Shoot House furnishings. 

The Survitec Shoot House is located in the Tampa Cruise Terminal, just under a mile from the SOFIC exhibition at the Tampa Convention Centre.

Additional Details

Survitec Bus – Every 30 minutes from the Tampa Convention Centre
Public Transport – Every 20 minutes
Get your free ticket from Survitec
14 minute walk
Survitec CRRC Boat –
Speak to a Survitec representation at the SOFIC jetty. Please note this will be limited availability
To book your spot in the Survitec Shoot House, click
here

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AR-15 MAINTENANCE, CLEANING AND FIELD STRIPPING

In the upcoming week or two, we’re going to introduce a few new and interesting tools to help you perform routine cleaning on your shotguns, AR-15 and AR-10. In anticipation of that, we want to present you with this thorough and professionally done NSSF video on AR-15 maintenance. Watch it, there’s a lot to learn here especially for the casual non-military AR shooter.

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Barrett 4050 HF SDR (Software-Defined Radio).

Barrett Communications, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, has announced the upcoming release of its new 4050 HF SDR transceiver. At first glance, this is quite the HF transceiver, featuring 2G/3G linking and a host of other features normally not associated with the generally “boring” HF world. I’d love to get some hands-on time because it looks very, very interesting indeed. The 4050 HF SDR is aimed at a broad market including peacekeeping, law enforcement and security organizations, humanitarian and non-government organizations (NGO) and commercial businesses.

IP network connectivity makes integration with existing networks simple and on-board Wi-Fi allows for secure  seamless operation and control of the HF transceiver via iOS, Windows or Android based devices or via Windows or OSX on desktop computers. Mr Greg O’Neill, Managing Director of Barrett Communications explains “The level of user accessibility at a local and remote level is a highly significant technological advance in the HF radio communications market.  This can all be achieved whilst still providing secure communications via encryption, or frequency hopping options.”

Multiple languages will be available as standard on the transceiver. This will initially include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish with additional languages being added progressively. When the Barrett 4050 HF SDR is teamed with other Barrett HF products it also provides secure digital voice, secure email, data transfer and telephone connectivity within an HF network and onward to the international telephone network and internet.

About Barrett Communications
Barrett Communications is the specialist designer and manufacturer of commercial and tactical HF and VHF radio communication systems. The Company’s global distribution and customer support network in over 65 countries allows it to provide both OTS and turnkey network solutions to meet their client’s exact requirements.
Since 1976 Barrett Communications has provided HF communications solutions for government, military, business, humanitarian and AID organizations around the world.

Additional information about Barrett Communications is available at www.barrettcommunications.com.au

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BLACKHAWK! RELEASES NEW 3-in-1 CONCEALED CARRY HOLSTER

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – May 16, 2016 – BLACKHAWK!‘s new Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster offers maximum versatility and the ability to adapt to most popular carry configurations.
The design allows civilians and law enforcement officers to choose from inside-the-waistband, tuckable or belt-mounted wear. The holster combines premium leather and injection-molded plastic to offer comfort, security and rugged durability.
The Tuckable Pancake Holster features a three-slot design for strong-side, behind-the-hip, appendix and cross-draw carry on belts up to 1.75” wide. It offers tension-adjustable retention and a trigger guard for safety and security. Adjustable cant and ride, along with a built-in shirt shield, add comfort and a moisture barrier between the user and firearm.

“We know that our customers rely on their equipment to keep them safe, and we are excited to offer such a multifaceted holster,” said Jarrett Beck, BLACKHAWK! Product Director. “This new holster offers personal adjustability, safety, convenience and value in an all-in-one package.”

BLACKHAWK!, a Vista Outdoor, Inc. brand, is constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide tactical gear that won’t let you down. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.com.


About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information visit
www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

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RIFLE DYNAMICS + SILENCERCO® SUMMIT PACKAGE

 

Silencerco introduced the company’s latest Summit™ collaboration featuring an RD501 from Rifle Dynamics.

Rifle Dynamics has made its mark by building the most accurate fighting rifles in the world – rifles that are now staples in the arsenals of the best trainers and the most demanding end users. When SilencerCo decided to suppress an AK, it was only natural that we reach out to a company with such a highly respected reputation – and the products to back it up. These AK collaborations feature a world-class SilencerCo silencer and a Rifle Dynamics AK-style host, with each package representing 30+ hours of labor to create a finished product that is beyond compare.

Rifle Dynamics has gone to great lengths to optimize each host for suppression. Included in these changes are a custom recoil spring and gas tube to minimize back pressure and cyclic rate increase, as well as a barrel with perfectly cut concentric threads to ensure proper and secure mounting.

This newest offering from the Rifle Dynamics + SilencerCo partnership is an RD501 with a rich and striking Russian red wood handguard paired with a direct thread Saker 556K. The most vibrant and classic SilencerCo Summit AK yet, these 25 guns will be gone before you know it.

 

Package Details

  • Saker 556K with Direct Thread Mount
  • 12.5” Barrel Chambered in 5.45×39
  • Unique Summit Serial Numbers on Rifle & Silencer
  • Matte Black Finish on Rifle & Suppressor
  • Ultimak Railed Gas Tube for Optic
  • Made in USA Barrel with Black Nitride Finish
  • Made in USA Receiver
  • Classic Russian Red Handguard
  • Triangle Skeleton Side-Folding Stock
  • (1) 30-Round Magazine
  • Handcrafted, Collector’s Edition Reclaimed Wood Crate
  • Only (25) Limited-Edition Packages Available

This package is available exclusively through SK Arms. Learn more about this limited edition package and future collaborations by visiting online.

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NSSF Announces New Online SHOT Show Store

 

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the opening of its all-new SHOT Show Online Store. The store will feature a wide variety of hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece vests and backpacks, all bearing the SHOT Show logo.

“We started the live SHOT Show Store in 2014, and it was a smash hit,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “The SHOT Show is more than just a trade show for tens of thousands in our industry. Many hunters and shooters take part via SHOTShow.org and when we introduced the SHOT Show store there was instant customer demand for the cool swag that industry luminaries were able to buy. When an event means that much to so many people, having something memorable to mark the occasion and wear proudly is something we’re glad to make possible. Now with the online store, we’ve extended that opportunity.”

The new online SHOT Show Store is available at www.shotshowstore.com. The store is open to the public; you do not need to be an NSSF Member to shop. Site users are encouraged to setup an account for easier shopping and checkout, and shoppers may leave product reviews. The 2017 SHOT Show will take place January 17-20 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit www.shotshow.org.

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About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.

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LARRY VICKERS ON THE AN-94 ABAKAN

 

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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ATN’s BinoX-THD Smart Thermal Binoculars in Action.

South San Francisco, Calif. (May 2016) – American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN), announced the release of its latest video, ATN BinoX-THD Smart Thermal Binoculars, now available on YouTube. The video, which you can watch below,  highlights many of the key features of ATN’s Thermal BinoX-THD, as well as the many markets that can benefit from it. The BinoX-THD is a sleek, digital thermal binocular that costs a fraction of the price of the competition’s clunky, expensive, old school offerings.

ATN Thermal BinoX-HD Specifications:
 
Thermal BinoX 384 4.5-18x
Thermal BinoX 640 2.5-25x
Sensor:
384 x 288
640 x 480
Magnification:
4.5-18x
2.5-25x
Angle of View:
6 x 4.7 degrees
12.5 x 9.7 degrees
Objective Lens Focal Length:
50mm
50 mm
Micro Display:
960x540x2
960x540x2
Core:
ATN Obsidian “T”
ATN Obsidian “T”
Video Record Resolution:
1280×960 at 30 fps
1280×960 at 30 fps
On Board Memory:
4GB
4GB
MicroSD Card:
Up to 64GB
Up to 64GB
Wi-Fi (Streaming, Gallery and Controls):
iOS & Android
iOS & Android
Battery Life (LI-ION):
6-8 hours
6-8 hours
Human Detection Range:
1500
1500
Human Recognition Range:
600
600
Human Identification Range:
360
360
Weight:
3.45 lbs.
3.45 lbs.
Warranty:
Three Years
Three Years
MSRP:
$3,499.00
$4,799.00
 
For more information on American Technologies Network Corp., visit www.atncorp.com.
 

Visit ATN at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits May 20-22, 2016 in Louisville, KY at booth# 6531

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GECKO SUITES NEXT ?

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Where has this week gone? Here it is Friday again, and time for our weekly shoot-the-shit topic. We started weekly shoot-the-shits because, unlike meeting with a therapist,  you can generally expect to learn something you didn’t know before. Readers are free to make unsupported statements, insult any one they wish, use profanity or change the subject all together. You can do all this free of charge. Folks, this is better than a Japanese Wax Job.

We had a couple of topics that we wanted to shoot-the-shit about but decided on DARPA’s Z-MAN Program rather than the Facebook fiasco. Have you heard of Z-MAN? Don’t BS us, because we know you haven’t but it’s a shoot-the-shit so have at it.

The Z-MAN program’s purpose is to provide the war fighter with the same climbing ability of a Gecko. We’re a little pissed about it because about three years ago, when covering  USSOCOM TALOS, we commented that TALOS should have lizard like capabilities. People, a Gecko can climb a vertical surface, and the little bastards will jump 20+ times their body length. Now, fast forward to 2016 and DARPA has actually tested microstructures that allowed a 218 lb. man carrying a 50 lb. load to ascend and descend a glass 25 foot vertical surface using no climbing equipment. Forget belays, grappling hooks, static ropes, etc. etc. The first human climb took place in February 2012.

DARPA’s goal is to develop biologically inspired climbing aids to enable warfighters carrying a full combat load to scale vertical walls made from typical building materials. The targeted load bearing is 300 lbs. In our opinion integrating Z-MAN with TALOS would be an interesting arrangement. We’ll keep an eye on this for you and update it as information becomes available.

You can read all about Z-MAN on the DARPA site.

We hope that you have a safe and eventful weekend; spend some quality time with your buds and family. 

 

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ATN’s X-Spotter HD, the World’s First Intelligent Spotting Scope, in Action

 

American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN), produced this video to illustrate some of the key features of its new ATN X-Spotter HD Smart Day/Night Spotting Scope.  The ATN X-Spotter HD is the world’s first true high definition, digital, intelligent spotting scope.

You can see the X-Spotter  HD in action at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits May 20-22, 2016 in Louisville, KY at booth# 6531

X-Spotter HD 20-80X Features:

  • HD Day & HD Night (160lp/mm)
  • Full HD Video Recording & Photo Capture
  • Smart Shooting Solution
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer
  • E-Barometer
  • Smooth Zoom
  • E-Compass
  • ATN Obsidian II Core
  • GPS Geotag
  • MSRP $1,299
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WALTHER’S PPQ 45 M2 AN EXCEPTIONAL PISTOL FOR PRECARIOUS TIMES

 

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Walther has 150+ years of experience producing exceptional firearms. Walther  products have written a sizable part of world history through their distinguished service in many of the world’s armed forces and law enforcement agencies. That tradition continues with their latest addition to the PPQ (Police Pistol Quick Defense Trigger), the PPQ 45 M2, an exceptional pistol for precarious times…

Read My Review

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MAGPUL TEJAS EL BURRO GUN BELT IS NOW SHIPPING

Now Shipping Magpul Tejas

The “El Burro” all purpose belt uses 100% reinforced polymer construction and all non-ferrous custom hardware, this beast of burden is what you want to be wearing for those more ”adventurous” moments in life.

U.S.A. Made in Texas

FEATURES

  • Built of a single flexible layer of waterproof, textured, reinforced polymer material
  • Dress belt comfort offers stretch and sag free performance but is supportive enough to carry a light pistol
  • Corrosion resistant aluminum hardware
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • Multiple lengths available from 32-44 inches (please review Belt Sizing directions in Specs below*)
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MG Industries Debuts New Transforming Handguard at 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibit

Customize the handguard your way. Different accessory mounting systems? No problem with four individual panels to complete your rifle, your way.

Visit MG Industries at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibit Booth 2357

Old Town, Maine (May 2016)- MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR Hydra platform, will be introducing an exciting new change that will transform the popular Hydra platform at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibit: the patent-pending MGI Transforming Handguard. This transforming rail system is a great handguard replacement for the Quick Change Barrel Upper Receiver (QCB-D). MGI will be exhibiting at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibit at booth 2357 from May 20 – 22, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The MGI Transforming Handguard measures 11.5″ in length and can be used with carbine, mid and rifle length barrels. The Transforming Handguard is made from 7075 Aluminum with T6 Mil-Spec black hard coated anodizing with a built-in Picatinny Rail system across the top and includes five integral quick detach points. Going with the modularity of the Hydra platform, the user will be able to choose any combination of panels to customize the handguard the way he or she wants it. Customers won’t be limited to a single rail system; instead, a modular rail system has been designed to attach different types of accessories.

A combination of select Modular Transforming Panels are available, including the KEYMOD Aluminum Panel, M-LOK Aluminum Panel, SNAKE SKIN Polymer Panel and FRAG Polymer Panel. By having Modular Transforming Panels, it leaves the ability for future rail systems as they become available.

The MGI Transforming Handguard will come with a 3/32″ Allen Wrench and screws so it can be attached to the QCB-D and to attach Modular Transforming Panels to it.

For more information, visit www.mgimilitary.com or your local retailer. Retailers, contact MGI at MGI@MGImilitary.com to find out more about carrying the most modular rifle system in the world.

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MEET TNVC AT THE 2016 NRA ANNUAL MEETINGS AND EXHIBITS

Come see TNVC at the Kentucky Exposition Center to check out the best night vision, thermal, lasers, helmets, and other accessories on the market.

Show Specials on TNV/PVS-14’s (cash and carry)

www.TNVC.com

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CATCH MAXPEDITION AT THE NRA SHOW IN LOUISVILLE

Visit Maxpedition at the 2016 NRA Show

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Crimson Trace Showcases New Products at NRA Event

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(Wilsonville, OR)—Crimson Trace, the world’s most recognized brand in laser sights for self-defense firearms, will exhibit numerous new products in booth 4331 at the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY on May 20-22. These many new innovative products will feature red and green laser sights designed to firmly fit onto hundreds of firearm models. Owners of revolvers, pistols and long guns will find something to fit their firearms in the NRA Annual meeting displays.

Leading the new product introductions will be Crimson Trace’s new LiNQ® wireless light/laser sight combination, along with the Laserguard Pros® for Smith & Wesson’s Shield, Glock’s 42 and 43 pistols, and the full-size Springfield XD-s. Laserguard Pros feature a combination 150-lumen LED white light and laser sight that permits the user to select between laser and light, or laser only and light only modes.

“Consumers and dealers have come to expect innovative, reliable and functional products from Crimson Trace,” noted Lane Tobiassen, Crimson Trace President and CEO. “This year we’re very excited to announce LiNQ, a wireless light / laser control system for long guns that eliminates clumsy wires, tape switches and foregrip buttons when the shooter wants to activate lights and lasers. Our engineers have invested years perfecting this game-changing platform which is an entirely new product category.”  LiNQ features a green laser sight and 300-Lumen LED white light and is designed to fit hundreds of AR/MSR rifles. Crimson Trace will be giving away a free LiNQ each day in a drawing at the booth.

Visitors to the Crimson Trace booth at the NRA event will also be able to see and try the growing number of Crimson Trace laser sights that are paired with form fitting Blade-Tech holsters. More than a dozen Blade Tech holsters are available for various handguns with Crimson Trace products installed—and these will be in a special display section of the booth. An additional reason to visit booth 4331 is the special sale with savings of up to $150 offered on Crimson Trace products in the on-site store. The company will have many of the 200-plus products it manufactures on display and in stock during the event.

For more than two decades, Wilsonville, Oregon based Crimson Trace has provided America’s gun owners, and military units and law enforcement officers around the globe, with the world’s largest selection of award-winning laser sight and tactical light products. Crimson Trace offers more than 225 products and is widely recognized as the world’s leading brand of laser sights for firearms. Full details can be obtained by visiting www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

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The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Releases the Spring Edition of The Tactical Edge

Doylestown, Pa. (May 2016) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the spring edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. Widely considered the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches thousands of law enforcement officers with each issue.

Featured in this issue is Ed Allen’s “Finding the Best SWAT Candidates – It’s All About the Interview.” In this article, Allen discusses how recruiting, selecting and retaining qualified personnel for tactical teams has become more challenging in recent years and explores what questions are being asked during the interview process, who is asking them and why they’re being asked.

Members-only features include Bob Ragsdale’s “The Tactical Negotiator” and Chris McConnell’s “Confrontation Avoidance.” The entire issue is available to new members online by joining NTOA.

The NTOA has also made several articles available online to nonmembers, including “Leadership by Design: Tools for Leading” by Phil Hansen. The article focuses on listening as one of the key leadership skills, and it closes with a few thoughts on the leader’s mandate to continually seek self-improvement.

Leading up to this year’s Annual Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Sgt. A.J. DeAndrea of the Arvada (CO) Police Dept., a former member of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT (1996-2012) and NTOA lead instructor, sits down for an interview about critical incidents, team leaders and his training advice, which addresses threats that law enforcement tactical teams are currently faced with today.

Other items of interest are the director’s message by Mark Lomax, a book review from Dr. Wayman C. Mullins on “Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Front Line” by Andrew T. Young, and an announcement of the 2015 Police Sniper Utilization Survey released by Derrick Bartlett.

The Tactical Edge is an award-winning publication that has been providing the law enforcement community with cutting edge, lifesaving information from leading experts for more than 30 years. It is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit http://ntoa.org/ or call 800-279-9127. Join the NTOA today and start receiving the benefits of better training and stay on top of the ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement.

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Crimson Trace Expands Its Line Of Holsters

Crimson Trace LG-489GH-BT S&W Shield Laserguard w Blade Tech holsterCrimson Trace, the world’s most recognized and purchased brand of laser sights, is expanding the firearm industry’s newest self-defense and concealability holster offerings. This expansion is the result of packaging a Crimson Trace Laserguard® or Laserguard Pro® with a custom Blade-Tech holster. This laser sight and holster product combination offers gun owners a value—with savings up to $30 off single item prices.

These special Crimson Trace Laserguard and Laserguard Pro plus Blade-Tech holster packages include laser sights specifically designed to equip and fit nearly a dozen pistols, ranging from Ruger’s LC9 pistol up to Springfield Armory’s XD-S. There are also Laserguards paired with holsters for Smith & Wesson’s SHIELD, GLOCK’s model 42 and 43 pistols, and Sig Sauer’s P238 and P938. The new Laserguard Pro light and laser unit designed for the S&W M&P Shield is also available in this holster package offering. The great news for handgun owners is that two dozen holsters and a matching Crimson Trace Laserguard will be available in the weeks ahead.

Customers purchasing these go-together packages will realize a savings of up to $30 off the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Most packages include Blade-Tech’s KLIPT AMBI IWB holsters. The holster is designed for inside-the-waist-band carry, on either body side, and to accommodate the specific pistol with the Crimson Trace Laserguard installed. Full details or purchase options are available at www.crimsontrace.com. The packages are also available at the more than 2,500 dealers across America that stock Crimson Trace products.

These Laserguard and Laserguard Pro plus Blade-Tech holster packages help gun owners select a Crimson Trace laser sight with a compatible holster when the product is purchased. The holsters are specially designed for a custom fit for the firearms with the Crimson Trace product installed. These durable and adjustable holsters protect the firearm that is being carried while permitting comfortable concealment and quick access.

Crimson Trace also continues to simplify holster shopping for all gun owners with its new Holster Resource Guide. More than 2,500 holsters—designed for hundreds of firearms with Crimson Trace laser sights installed—can be found at www.holsterresourceguide.com. The products of more than two dozen holster manufacturers are included in this easy-to-use guide.

Crimson Trace is widely recognized as the world’s leader in establishing laser sights as standard equipment on concealed-carry and personal-defense firearms. The company—located in Wilsonville, Oregon—has been manufacturing laser sighting systems and lights for firearms for more than two decades. Full product details are at www.crimsontrace.com. Anyone with questions can contact the company Customer Service Center at 800-442-2406.

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LARRY VICKERS ON THE RUSSIAN AK-9

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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OTIS TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCED NEW SHOTGUN RIPCORDS AND THE AR VENT HOLE SCRAPER

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The OTIS RIPCORD requires no introduction. They make excellent range bag cleaning tools removing bore carbon buildup soon after the weapon is fired; making the subsequent thorough cleaning less of a choir. They’ve also added an AR Vent Hole Scraper. This is a really nifty scraper that attaches to the AR’s charging handle to scrape the vent hole.

We’ll be telling you more about these OTIS cleaning tools and demonstrate their use in our upcoming review.

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Gun Pro Adds Two New Models to its Sure Fire Anti Nose-Dive Magazine Line

Saint Louis, MO (05/09/2016) – Gun Pro™ recently added both a six round and seven round .45 ACP compact magazine to its line of Sure Fire™ Anti Nose-Dive Magazines.  This comes on the heels of the release of their new product video, which features slow motion video (5,000 frames per second) of its feeding angle as compared to the standard factory magazine via a skeletonized slide and frame.

Due to the notorious gap between the top and following round, today’s magazines have one serious shortcoming… nose dive jams. This physically presents a nose dive problem when the slide extracts the top cartridge from a firearm magazine frequently forcing the cartridge nose downward thereby jamming the slide.

Here at Gun Pro™, we sought to solve this challenging issue and designed the new Gun Pro™ Sure Fire™ Anti Nose-Dive Magazine so that you could be sure your firearm is cycling at its fastest speed possible, as smoothly as possible and quite simply as reliable as possible.

Gun Pro’s Sure Fire™ Anti Nose-Dive stainless magazines are made of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. The Sure Fire™ magazine, with the new Nose-Dive Control Spring Tab, increases reliability in ALL single stack 1911 pistols using standard RN or HP FMJ bullets. It’s polished fitted tube, spring and follower provides smooth feeding while the newly patent pending Nose-Dive Control Spring Tab assists with reliable, controlled feeding angles from the first through the last round chambered.

GUN PRO™, LLC

Gun Pro™, located in St. Louis, MO, is focused on developing new and superior products, that not only enhance one’s gun library with striking designs, but integrates high performance products to keep their clients on top of the game! We have a vision for the industry, from concept to implementation.

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Donald Trump Calls Obama After Indiana Win

We thought we’d get your week started with a laugh as Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon’s Donald Trump calls  Obama after his Indiana win.

Have a great week and stay tuned for more sneak previews on upcoming reviews.

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Liberty Ammunition’s "Moms That Pack Heat" Mother’s Day Sale

 

Liberty Ammunition is offering 25 percent off all Civil Defense ammunition from May 6-9, 2016. Orders of $200 or more get free shipping.

Liberty Ammunition announces its “Moms That Pack Heat” Mother’s Day Sale. All Civil Defense ammunition will be 25 percent off from May 6 – 9 and orders of $200 or more will receive free shipping.

We all love our moms and want to keep them safe, but we can’t always be by their side to protect them. We suggest Civil Defense rounds which will stop a threat in one shot. The rounds are low recoil and make a gun easier to shoot accurately. This Mother’s Day make sure the ammo mom’s carrying is Liberty’s Civil Defense ammunition because for mom, only the best will do.

Liberty Ammunition’s Civil Defense rounds travel at velocities nearly double that of any other standard ammunition and provide three times the terminal effects of traditional ammunition.

Ammunition on sale includes 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 380 Auto, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 45 Long Colt and .223 Rem in Liberty Ammunition’s Civil Defense line. Check out the entire line of high performance, lead-free Liberty Ammunition, as well as apparel products, at www.libertyammunition.com.

About Liberty Ammunition:

Giving you the “One & Done” capability our customers deserve whether it be for Hunting, Personal Defense or Tactically for Law Enforcement and Military. www.libertyammunition.com

Liberty Ammunition | 2083 58th Ave. Cir. East, Suite B, Bradenton, FL 34203 

941-567-6178  | www.libertyammunition.com

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Ed Brown Products Offers OD Green Gen4 Package

Now available on any new or in-service Ed Brown firearm is the company’s Gen4 coating in OD Green. The OD Green package includes a black Gen4 slide, trigger and bushing, OD Green lower and black double diamond G10 grips.

In addition to Gen4 coating, Ed Brown Products offers a wide portfolio of services available for existing Ed Brown firearms. For more information visit Ed Brown’s Service page.

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