STREAMLIGHT BANDIT THE SECOND BEST LIGHTING ACCESSORY YOU CAN GET

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You may recall my review of Streamlight’s Keymate USB in which I marveled at its simplicity and utility. It’s my first choice for best lighting accessory you can get. I mean that sincerely, if you haven’t purchased a Keymate USB yet, do so, you can thank me later.

Now comes the second best lighting accessory you can get from Streamlight, the BANDIT. This is a micro headlamp so well thought out that you’ll wonder why someone hadn’t thought of it before. This little lamp is light, cool and just bright enough to make it very useful when working on the family vehicle, or anywhere, for that matter, where directed hands-free illumination is required.

I’ve got a mini review coming mid August but I’m going to spill the beans – I love this thing!

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DETAILS ON THE TAVOR 7 IN .308 LEAKED

IWI is coming out with the TAVOR® 7 in .308. Get excited because, unlike other rifles who shall not be named, it’s not vaporware and it’ll be coming in at an MSRP similar to the original TAVOR’s. Look for it to start shipping in January 2018.

 

Specifications:
• Caliber: 7.62 NATO/.308 Win
• Barrel: CHF/CL 1:12 twist with a 16″ barrel; 1:10 with 18″ barrel
• OAL: 26.75″ with 16″ barrel (without flash suppressor)
• Weight: 8.6 Lbs.
• Optional calibers & Conversion Kits: TBD
• Colors: Black, FDE and OD Green

Features (muzzle to butt):
• Muzzle threads: 5/8 x 24
• 4 position variable gas regulator (including off)
• Upper forend: 2 MLOK slots at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
• Lower forend: Removable SAR styled forend cover that exposes one integral pic rail at 6 o’clock when removed.
• Charging handle lockable in open position, similar to an MP5.
• Full length one piece Picatinny (Mil-Spec) top rail with integral folding BUIS; Tritium front post.
• Cutlass style grip modifiable to pistol grip with traditional trigger guard; same as X95.
• Short stroke gas piston (unlike our long stroke SAR and X95).
• Uses LR/SR25 magazines and comes with one 20-round Magpul PMAG with window (in states without capacity restrictions; 10 round for restricted states).
• Bolt release is Tavor SAR style along centerline or release from MP5 style charging handle
• Fire control group is not interchangeable with SAR or X95.

Ambidextrous Features:
• Ambidextrous bolt; no opposite hand bolt needed for conversion to opposite hand operation. No need to return the gun to IWI US for opposite hand conversion and head space checking.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) magazine release position like our X95, similar to an AR-15.
• Ambidextrous charging handle with push through receiver functionality. No need for tools or any disassembly.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) safety selector with a 45 degree rotation (unlike 90 degrees on our SAR and X95).
• Ambidextrous (all the time) bolt release behind magazine; similar to the Tavor SAR.
• Ejection port covers are user configurable in the field with a simple slide of the case deflector.

Launch Date: First shipments projected to start in January, 2018.

Price: TBD

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SIG SAUER Reaffirms Safety of P320 Pistol

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Striker-fired pistol exceeds safety standards of ANSI/SAAMI® and U.S. military testing

Newington, NH (August 4, 2017) – In response to social media rumors questioning the safety of the P320 pistol, a variant of which was selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), SIG SAUER, Inc. has full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform. There have been zero (0) reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date.

The P320 meets and exceeds all U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

All SIG SAUER pistols incorporate effective mechanical safeties to ensure they only fire when the trigger is pressed. However, like any mechanical device, exposure to acute conditions (e.g. shock, vibration, heavy or repeated drops) may have a negative effect on these safety mechanisms and cause them to not work as designed. This language is common to owner’s manuals of major handgun manufacturers.

As a result, individual attempts to perform drop tests outside of professionally controlled environments should not be attempted.

“SIG SAUER is committed to producing only the finest products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Safety and reliability have been and always will be paramount to the SIG SAUER brand.”

For more information on SIG SAUER, please visit us at sigsauer.com.
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SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is The Complete Systems Provider™, leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among many of the world’s elite military, government and law enforcement units as well as responsible citizens. SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns and training. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 1,600 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, please visit on to sigsauer.com.

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Parabon NanoLabs to Hold Lecture at 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference

“Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” will be led by Parabon NanoLabs CEO Dr. Steven Armentrout and Forensic Artist Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.) on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Reston, Va. (Aug. 2017) – Parabon NanoLabs, a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-gen forensic and therapeutic products, will be leading a lecture at the 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 6-12 August 2017. The lecture, “Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” (ART 027) will be led by Parabon’s CEO, Dr. Steven Armentrout, and the company’s lead forensic artist, Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.), on Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 8 a.m.

The presenters will describe Snapshot, the company’s DNA phenotyping system, a revolutionary new forensics capability that accurately predicts ancestry and physical appearance from DNA evidence.  The presentation will feature ways in which DNA phenotyping complements traditional forensic art.  It will also include many example predictions from casework and blind evaluations.

Armentrout has nearly 30 years of experience designing high-performance computing solutions to solve large-scale problems in a wide range of domains, from proteomics and climate modeling to nanotechnology design and bioinformatics. He initiated the Snapshot development effort at Parabon in 2011 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and led the commercialization of the service to law enforcement, which debuted in 2015.

Shaw, a retired law enforcement captain and former detective, is an IAI certified Forensic Artist and Snapshot Case Manager at Parabon. He has broad knowledge and experience in forensic art, criminal investigations, law enforcement management and operations. He holds a BA in Psychology from James Madison University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has taken extensive professional development training in the areas of forensic art, criminal investigations and law enforcement administration.

The International Association for Identification is a professional membership organization comprised of individuals worldwide who work in the field of forensic identification. With over 7,300 members from 77 countries, the IAI remains the oldest and largest forensic science/identification association worldwide.

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Nothing In Particular

TGIF readers, we made it through another week. I hope you’ve all had a productive week. You’ve guessed it, it’s time for our Friday shoot the shit. I have to ask our readers for a small favor. We always strive to be informative in an informal way, but please don’t ask us to shoot the shit on questions like “can women ventilate themselves?” Please folks really…

Tactical PiroshkyThis week we’d like to announce that we’ve awarded two Tactical Pirozhki, to date. The first went to WH Deputy Adviser, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, citing his flogging of CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a 13 Jul interview. The second went to WH Senior Adviser Stephen Miller citing the thrashing he elegantly placed on CNN’s Jim Acosta. Mr. Acosta seems to be under the impression that only people from the U.K. and Australia speak English. Really Jim? Well done Dr. Gorka and Mr. Miller.

We’ve also put together a illustrated flow chart of Congressional achievements year to date 2017.

Year to date

There’s so much going on that’s worthy of a good shoot the shit that it’s hard to drill down on something. So, while I sit here thinking, let me suggest you take in “Atomic Blond”, it’s a great flick  set in East Berlin during the last days of the Cold War; particularly relevant since we are getting ready to start another one.

Meanwhile, Mini-me in Pyongyang is continuing to test ICBMs. This is a problem that won’t be going away any time soon for the following reasons.

  1. Any expectation that the Chinese will pressure North Korea to cease and desist is naïve. NK is China’s proxy to ensure the United States does not gain a greater presence in Asia Pacific.  I’ll go as far as to say that China, who is cranking out warships at an alarming rate, wants to push the U.S. out of the Korean Peninsula, Japan and out of Asia Pacific in total.

  2. Presently, North Korea has a hostage, South Korea. Although, it gives them some leverage, it pales to the leverage NK would have if they could hold Japan, Australia and New Zealand hostage.

  3. Once they achieve that goal, the Chinese, working through  Pyongyang, will be positioned strategically to deny Asia Pacific to the United States.

  4. NK knows that a preemptive strike on their part would assure the annihilation of NK. What they’re looking for is a Mexican standoff of biblical proportions with more at risk than just South Korea.

  5. Lastly, Pyongyang will quite likely become a purveyor of nuclear warheads and delivery systems to Iran and possibly Syria (although Syria owes its existence to Russia).

What do you think should be done about North Korea?

Let us hear from you if the mood hits you and have a great weekend!

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FLIR Introduces FLIR ThermoSight® Pro Series Thermal Weapon Sights

FLIR Boson Camera Core Powers New Thermal Line with Advanced Image Processing

WILSONVILLE, Ore., (August 2, 2017) – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced three rifle-mounted thermal imaging sights as part of the new FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series. Powered by the high-performance 12-micron pixel pitch FLIR Boson™ thermal camera core, the ThermoSight Pro sights expand upon the FLIR ThermoSight line and sets a new standard in thermal image quality and features for the tactical and outdoor enthusiast markets.

The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series is powered by the FLIR Boson thermal camera core, which delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image performance and range. Featuring on-chip video processing and an uncompressed video signal fed directly to a high-definition 1280×960 display, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series offers improved object detection and classification in the field and clean thermal imagery in any light – from low contrast daylight to total darkness – or through smoke, haze and light fog.

Available in three configurations, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series packs greater levels of performance and functionality into a compact and lightweight housing. Each FLIR ThermoSight Pro offers 320×256 thermal resolution, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB-C connectivity, and user-controlled imaging palettes and image enhancement filters. Onboard recording allows for the internal storage of up to two hours of video or 1,000 JPEG images. All FLIR ThermoSight Pro models also feature a digital compass and inclinometer.

The initial offering in the series, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233, features a reticle pattern using patent-pending High-Visibility Technology (HVT), which displays crisp iconology and graphic overlays over virtually all backgrounds.

  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 – 19-millimeter (mm) lens, 4X digital zoom and 12-degree field-of-view
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 – 50 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 4.5-degree field-of-view
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 – 75 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 3-degree field-of-view

“The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series provides feature-rich functionality to offer the sporting, law enforcement and tactical markets a weapon sight with superior thermal imaging technology,” says Dmitry Rocklin, Vice President of FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems. “This new Boson-based thermal weapon sight series represents the most advanced recreational scope line for FLIR, setting the bar for size, weight, power, and performance.”

The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 is available now in the U.S. at $2,199 MSRP through established FLIR dealers. The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 and FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 will be available later this year.

For more information about the ThermoSight Pro series, visit http://www.flir.com/TSPRO.

High-res imagery and product datasheet available here.

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The Bergara Experience, Free Public Events Coming This Summer

The chance to get hands on and test drive a Bergara B14 and the Premier series of rifles is coming to North Carolina and Tennessee firearms enthusiasts at three public ranges.

Lawrenceville, Ga. (August 2017) – Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce The Bergara Experience, a free-to-the-public opportunity to test and shoot the Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles on long range courses. The first event will be held this weekend, August 5th at Woody’s Hunting and Rifle Club in New Hill, North Carolina and the next one is scheduled for August 19th at the White Feather Precision Shooting range in Ardmore, Tennessee. The final Bergara Experience for the month of August will be held the 26th at the Barbour Creek Shooting Academy in Eufaula, Alabama.

Woody’s Hunting and Rifle Club is south of Raleigh and twelve miles south of Apex at exit 84 on US 1 South, located at 180 Woodland Drive, New Hill, North Carolina. Starting at 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 5th, participants can try out the Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles under Woody’s covered range out to 550 yards.

Reservations are required for the August 19th event at the White Feather Precision Shootingrange at 2936 Newman Rd, in Ardmore, Tennessee. The gate will open at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for check-in and will be closed thereafter. A lunch and product overview will be provided before a 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bergara shooting experience, followed by a one hour Happy Hour. The White Feather covered long range extends to 1000 yards. This event is also open and free to the public with reservations required at contact@bpiguns.com or on Bergara’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, August 26th, the Bergara Experience will be hosted by the Barbour Creek Shooting Academy at 200 Self Road in Eufaula, Alabama. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch provided. The coverage range at Barbour Creek will test the Bergara rifles out and up to 1,580 yards. This event is open and also free to the public.

The multiple award winning Bergara B14 and Premier series of rifles combine the renowned accuracy of the Bergara barrels made in Spain with the latest in firearms design and manufacturing technology for a rifle of uncompromising quality, accuracy and reliability. Passionately used by hunters, long range shooters and professionals around the world, the Bergara Experience is the first of a series of hands-on, free to the public opportunities to see and feel the difference a Bergara rifle makes.

Stay up to date on where the next Bergara Experience will be held at Bergara’s Facebook page or by joining Bergara’s e-newletter.( http://bit.ly/bergara-e-newsletter)

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Federal Premium Adds 6.5 Creedmoor to Trophy Copper Line

 

6.5 Creedmoor Trophy Copper

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 2, 2017 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce it has added a 120-grain 6.5 Creedmoor offering to its popular Trophy Copper lineup. The load combines the hottest cartridge in shooting with the proven Trophy Copper bullet to create one of the most effective hunting loads available. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
The 6.5 Creedmoor started out as a target round, but hunters have quickly adopted it for its long-range accuracy, ample power and manageable recoil. Trophy Copper makes the most of the platform, thanks to a copper, polymer-tipped bullet that retains 99 percent of its weight, penetrates deep and expands consistently. Its grooved shank increases accuracy across a wide range of firearms, and the nickel-plated case prevents corrosion and aids in easier, faster extraction. Trophy Copper is also available in 20 additional loads from 243 Win. to 338 Win. Magnum.
Features & Benefits
• 120-grain 6.5 Creedmoor load offers long-range accuracy, manageable recoil and ample power for medium and big game
• Copper construction provides up to 99 percent weight retention for the deepest penetration in an expanding bullet
• Tipped bullet cavity is optimized for expansion across a broad velocity range
• Grooved bullet shank for increased accuracy across a wide range of firearms
• Polymer tip and boat-tail design increase the ballistic coefficient for higher downrange velocity, energy and less bullet drop
Part No. / Description / MSRP
P65CRDTC1 / 6.5 Creedmoor, 120-grain Trophy Copper / $47.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to
www.federalpremium.com.

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

Doylestown, Pa. (August 2017) – The  National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)is pleased to announce the summer edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. Widely considered to be the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches more than 60,000 law enforcement officers from over 8,000 agencies and divisions.

Members-only features include “Preparing for a Regional Response to a Multijurisdictional Incident” by Bruce Liebe and “Charting your Agency’s Response to Unmanned and Model Aircraft” by Anthony Galante and David Agata. Also featured is “Negotiators Wanted: A Primer for Selecting Crisis Negotiators” by Dan Oblinger and “Force as a Concept” by Sid Heal. The entire issue is available online to law enforcement officers who become a member of the NTOA.

The NTOA has also made several articles available online to nonmembers, including “Give it a Rest: The Benefits of Quality Sleep” by Mike Asken. In this article, Asken discusses creating an action plan to avoid sleep deprivation and how to consistently maximize quality sleep. Also featured is “Lessons in Leadership: Embracing Change,” by Phil Hansen, who discusses the need for leaders to maintain an open mind and look deeply at change through the lens of their values, including the constitutional values law enforcement has taken an oath to protect and defend.

Other items of interest include an interview with Kristina Anderson, founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools and one of the most critically injured survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, as well as a student profile from the NTOA Command College on Master Sgt. Glenn Gordon, United States Air Force Global Strike Command, Minot (ND) Air Force Base.

The Tactical Edge has been providing the law enforcement community with cutting edge, lifesaving information from leading experts for more than 30 years and is the winner of multiple awards, including the 2006 American In-House Design Award from Graphic Design USA and the 2013 APEX Award for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts. It is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.

The Tactical Edge is seeking new content. If you have an area of expertise or would like to write about an incident, training technique, crisis negotiation or another topic, please contact editor@ntoa.org. Don’t be intimidated – The Tactical Edge editing team can help new writers through the article writing process. For submission guidelines, visit ntoa.org/tacticaledge/.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit 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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Precision Delta Offers 223 PDP Pro Ammunition

 

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(Ruleville, MS) – Precision Delta, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of handgun reloading components and match ammunition, is proud to offer their PDP Pro ammunition in an additional caliber option.
Precision Delta has added .223 55gr FMJ-BT to the PDP Pro lineup, offering the quality features of the PDP Pro ammo to rifle shooters as well.  Precision Delta first introduced their PDP Pro ammo in calibers of 380 Auto, 9mm, and 38 Special.  The PDP Pro ammunition is developed utilizing the best components available, perfect for seasoned range-goers and competitive shooters alike.  The PDP Pro line offers a high-quality, accurate round at an attractive price point.
Precision Delta will continue to expand the PDP Pro ammo line, adding more calibers including 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 ACP and 300 AAC BLK.

For more information on Precision Delta and the PDP Pro ammo line, visit http://www.precisiondelta.com.

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GEAR REVIEW: SPYDERCO EUROEDGE™

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It’s unlikely that knifemaker Ed Schempp intended his EUROEDGE design to be described as a gentleman’s pocket folder; however, its ethnic elegance, materials and construction merit the accolade. This is one gorgeous faux pocket pugnale!

Read my review …

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Sightmark Unveils 10th Anniversary Boresight Kit

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) –In celebration of a full decade of improving accuracy and enriching the shooting experiences of professionals and enthusiasts alike, Sightmark is excited to unveil a limited edition 10th Anniversary Laser Boresight Kit. This brilliantly polished stainless-steel set not only looks great on a desk, the boresights are fully functional and cover a wide range of popular calibers.

The all-new Sightmark 10th Anniversary Laser Boresight Kit (SM39045) includes in-chamber devices, each powered by 2x AG5 or 3x AG3 batteries, for 9mm handguns; .223/5.56, .243, .25-06, .270 .30-06, .308 and 7.62×54-cal. centerfire rifles; and 12-gauge shotguns. While the kit is compact and lightweight, the distinctive high-gloss, black-finish decorative display case is perfect for your desk or display cabinet until a little range time calls these boresights into action. Each boresight includes a red <5mW laser and on/off end cap to save on battery life.

Sightmark pioneered in-chamber boresights and the brand is still a trusted favorite when sighting in. From .17HMR up to 12-gauge shotgun, Sightmark’s boresights are sure to get you on target faster while saving you money on ammunition.

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Federal Launches a New Line of Dual-Purpose Train + Protect Versatile HP Ammunition

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ANOKA, Minnesota – August 1, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Train + Protect, a new line of handgun loads designed for both practice and personal protection. The competitively priced ammunition features Federal’s versatile hollow-point (VHP) bullet and is available in three popular handgun cartridges and weight options. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
The Federal Train + Protect VHP bullet design provides both precise, practical performance at the range, and instant, reliable expansion on impact. The result is the ideal combination for training as well as defending yourself and your loved ones. The new ammunition proudly honors the American birthright to bear arms with patriotic U.S.A. graphics on its packaging.
Watch Federal Train + Protect in action:
https://youtu.be/M1mMbdfsybU.

Features & Benefits
• VHP bullet based on proven Federal hollow point design
• Reloadable Federal brass case
• Extremely reliable primer
• Loaded to produce consistent performance on the range and in defense situations

Part No. / Description / MSRP
TP9VHP1 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 50-count / $30.95
TP40VHP1 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP45VHP1 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP9VHP2 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 100-count / $56.95
TP40VHP2 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
TP45VHP2 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to
www.federalpremium.com.

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Trailblazer Firearms: Setting a New Paradigm in Firearms

Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, a new firearms start-up launches LifeCard®, a truly innovative .22 LR in a super-compact, no-snag design that folds to the size of a credit card.
Asheville, N.C. (August 2017) As far as business start-ups in the firearms industry go,Trailblazer® Firearms is taking a different path. The newly formed company, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, is proud to announce the launch of their first firearm, LifeCard®, “the last gun you’ll leave behind.”
 
LifeCard® is a .22 LR single-action, single-shot folding pistol, no bigger than a credit card when folded. The sleek, no-snag designed pistol’s frame and grip handle is constructed from fully-machined aluminum billet and hard-coat black anodized. The tilt-up barrel, bolt and trigger are made of steel with an Isonite® finish for corrosion resistance.

 
“Trailblazer Firearms fully intends to spearhead innovative new firearms products starting with the LifeCard®, available later this month,” Aaron Voigt, President of Trailblazer Firearms, explained “New designs and true innovation have been the exception and our goal is to be the pioneer laying new trails for gun enthusiasts, designers and manufacturers.”
 
Voigt, one of six kids, was raised to love the outdoors and respect the American tradition of firearms and hunting in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. At 18 he joined the USMC Reserve, M Battery, 14th Marine Regiment in Chattanooga, Tennessee and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. In the early 1990’s, Voigt transferred inter-service to the Army for active duty and was deployed to Kuwait and advanced to Specialist E-4. After a stint in South Korea, Voigt separated from the military and returned his family to his beloved mountains where he shifted careers.
 

Always the gun enthusiast, in 2010 Voigt hit upon an idea of a unique pistol. The idea slowly became a dream and a long drawn out reality as Voigt tackled the jungle of patents, trademarks, prototyping, machining, licensing, marketing and more. Now, seven years later, the dream that started as a sketch on a piece of paper can be held in the hand, aimed down range and fired.

 
“Initially, I had no idea that going from concept to actual product would take seven years, but in essence, that time spent was valuable and will show in every aspect of this remarkable product. I am looking forward to putting this pistol on the market and can’t thank my family and friends enough for all the support and patience,” Voigt said. “We expect product to hit our distributors, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center, in about three weeks. We look forward to the feedback from our customers regarding our initial product offering and look forward to continually innovating new products.”
 
Trailblazer LifeCard Specifications:
Caliber:                .22LR
Action:                 Single-Action, Single-Shot
Length:                3.375 inches
Height:                 2.125 inches
Width:                  0.5 inches
Weight:                > 7 oz.
Barrel:                  Steel, Tilt-Up
Frame:                 Aluminum (includes folding handle)
Features:             Ambidextrous, built-in safety features, ammo storage in handle for 4 rounds
 
For more information on Trailblazer Firearms, visit www.trailblazerfirearms.com and stay in the conversation on Facebook.

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Beltfeed High-Capacity Magazine Pouches

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, LLC, Houston, TX, August 1, 2017 -Comp-Tac’s Beltfeed magazine pouches are engineered for even greater efficiency. Now shooters can carry their magazines with the cartridges facing either rear or front and still have fully adjustable pull speed and magazine retention, but wait–there’s more.*

Internationally famous for their holster line Comp-Tac’s Beltfeed magazine pouch system is a one of a kind product.

Each Beltfeed unit is made up of four magazine pouches. The Beltfeed system staggers pouch position on the wearer’s belt so more magazines can be carried in the same real estate on the shooter’s belt. The unique Beltfeed pouch staggering is a valuable feature for those having smaller waist measurements such as junior shooters and slighter built people.

Each pouch can be individually adjusted for precise removal tension which is a huge advantage in competition and helpful for LEO and civilian carry. The Beltfeed can service either right-hand or left-hand shooter’s belt position.

Another significant no look and fumble free benefit is how the staggering (side to side and height) allows for much faster access to the magazines for critically important fast reloads.

More magazines is especially important for those using single stack firearms in longer competition scenarios that may require more ammunition. And, if a competitor were to drop a magazine in the dirt on a reload–it is good to have a spare.

Law enforcement and civilian carry situations can also benefit from the many Beltfeed advantages should the occasion arise. More ammunition in less space is especially important on equipment packed law enforcement service belts.

Specifications:

  • Available for over 150 pistols (see website for choices)
  • Kydex in: Black, red, blue, purple, pink
  • MSRP: 99.99

Comp-Tac Victory Gear : www.comp-tac.com

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NDIA Manufacturing Division Meeting

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Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Manufacturing Division, September 20-21 at the Doolittle Institute, Ft Walton Beach, FL. 
The Division is working with the Gulf Coast Chapter of NDIA to examine challenges and issues for the Defense Industrial Base 2025.  This topic is of great interest to the Administration and Congress, as evidenced by the recent “Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base,” and the Senate 2018 NDAA Conference Report 115–125.

Join participants from organizations such as:

  • Doolittle Institute
  • Eglin AFB Small Business Office
  • DoD Manufacturing Technology Program Office
  • DoD Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Office
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Florida Makes
  • TeCMEN
  • MForesight
  • 7th Special Forces Group, US Army
  • Air Force Special Forces Command

Please visit the meeting page on the NDIA website for more information on how to attend.

The meeting is being hosted by the Doolittle Institute, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem, shaping successful collisions to innovate and commercialize technologies that support the warfighter.

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LARRY VICKERS ON THE CHINESE CF-98

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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RISE Armament Debuts New Trigger Group

The RA-434 High-Performance Trigger uniquely combines smoothness and speed.

RA-140 SSTBROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Building on the popularity of its industry-leading AR triggers, RISE Armament is proud to introduce the RA-434 High-Performance Trigger.
The accuracy-enhancing RA-434 High-Performance Trigger (HPT) uniquely combines smoothness and speed for a tremendous upgrade in performance. The first of its kind, the RA-434 is a premium trigger available at a mid-range cost.
“Customers have been drawn to the extreme value of our triggers, so when designing the RA-434, we set out to continue to deliver quality and performance for a great price,” said Matt Torres, president of RISE Armament.
Ultra smooth to the break with a crisp, clean release, the RA-434 HPT helps rifle owners shoot more accurately with less effort. It boasts a quick reset and low overtravel for enhanced speed.
The RA-434 HPT has a straight trigger blade—available in black or silver—for enhanced control and a lighter-feeling pull weight. “We’ve had numerous requests for a straight trigger, so we’re excited to offer this option,” Torres said.
The single-stage trigger has a 3.5-pound pull and a skeletonized hammer. The RA-434 HPT also has a drop safety feature, and it fits most .223/5.56 and .308 AR-style platforms.
Like all RISE products, the RA-434 HPT is manufactured and assembled in RISE’s Oklahoma-based facility according to stringent AS9100 aerospace requirements, and it is backed by RISE Armament’s lifetime guarantee. It is precision CNC machined from high-grade, heat-treated tool steel and aluminum. Each trigger group is contained in a black hardcoat anodized aluminum housing. Its self-contained design makes it easy to install with no fine-tuning needed.
The RA-434 HPT is immediately available and retails for $169.

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Tulster IWB Profile Holster: H&K VP9SK

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Jenks, Oklahoma (July 27, 2017) What’s better than the H&K VP9… how about a subcompact version? In early 2017 Heckler & Koch released the eagerly anticipated VP9SK which has continued to grow in popularity over the last several months. With many requests for an IWB holster, Tulster decided to add the H&K VP9SK to the Profile Holster lineup.

From the ground up, the Profile holster was designed to be an ultra-concealable, minimalistic, appendix carry holster without the drawbacks. Distinct features such as the matte-edge finish and minimal material used facilitate in a comfortable fit providing maximum concealment for concealed carry.

Each AIWB Profile holster is formed to the VP9SK for a snug fit with low drag. The adjustable retention along with the inherent positive retention “SNAP” ensures the firearm is secure when holstered.

Removal of extra material between the muzzle and retention screw adds to a layer of comfort without digging into the body or thigh. The trigger guard is intentionally undercut to promote a higher grip on the VP9SK and allow for a magazine release while the firearm is fully holstered.

From the injection molded belt clip to the soft loop option, the cant settings are easily adjustable from 0-15 degrees to allow for a perfect grip on the H&K VP9SK.

This Profile holster can be ordered in many different colors and patterns for either Right or Left handed shooters.

Holster Features:

  • · Undercut trigger guard.
  • · Works with Quick Clip or Softloop Kit.
  • · Adjustable retention.
  • · Adjust cant from 0-15 degrees.
  • · Full sweat shield.
  • · Rounded and matte edges.
  • · Minimal material.

For more information about Tulster products, visit: www.tulster.com

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Mount Your Scope—The Right Way

Savage Pro Jared Hinton shows you how to mount your magnified optic the right way

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Practical Magnification Tips From Sniper’s Hide Frank “Lowlight” Galli

 

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NSSF Declares August National Shooting Sports Month

NEWTOWN, Conn. — There are countless celebration days and months in America, and now the shooting sports have one of their own. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has declared August to be National Shooting Sports Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s great pastimes — target shooting — and to encourage newcomers and experienced shooters to #LETSGOSHOOTING.

NSSF developed the celebration month to focus the attention of everyone in the shooting sports community — shooting ranges, firearms retailers, manufacturers and recreational shooters — on the fun and excitement of target shooting.

An estimated 50 million Americans participate in target shooting sports, and millions more have expressed interest in learning about rifle, shotgun and handgun shooting, according to NSSF research.

“With so much going on in people’s lives today, the shooting sports offer an opportunity to tune out distractions, learn a new skill, socialize and share their experiences,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “It’s important to remember to pass on our traditions and to reflect on our unique freedoms that make participating in them possible.”

Experienced shooters are encouraged to introduce family members and friends to this rewarding lifetime activity, and newcomers without mentors will discover a safe, supportive introduction to recreational shooting at a range near them.

To help people find ways to celebrate, NSSF has launched www.ShootingSportsMonth.org. Among its many interactive features, the site contains an easy range search by state, events and sales promotions across the country and many other resources for target shooters of all skill levels.

Safety, of course, goes hand in hand with enjoying the shooting sports. Following safe firearms handling procedures and securely storing firearms when not in use are priorities for shooters. Find more about firearm safety at www.ShootingSportsMonth.org.

“It’s going to be fun month,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Shooting Range Services. “And we want to know how everyone is celebrating. Tell us on our Facebook page, share your Instagram and Twitter posts with the hashtag #LetsGoShooting, let’s make this month one to remember.”

Learn more at www.ShootingSportsMonth.org.

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COMMENTS ON POTUS TRANSGENDER DIRECTIVE

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Readers we’ve made it through another week and that in and of itself is a major accomplishment given the heat, political climate, and fake news so it’s time for our shoot the shit topic.

We love our new readers; as a courtesy to them we’d like to let you know that participation in our shoot the shit topics does not require that you know anything about the subject. You are free to make unsupported statements, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. You can normally expect to be billed $150 an hour for a basic therapist and much higher if they observe you, incognito. We on the other hand encourage you to let it all hang out, at no charge. So, let’s get on with today’s topic.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of President’s Trump decision to ban transgender individuals from all military service, a very sensitive and emotional topic – rightly so. Restricting an individual’s career options or denying that individual a job, for any reason, let alone sexual orientation,  is not just a vulgar display of prejudice but a criminal act. However, this fact does not mandate that we employ, promote or otherwise support the career ambitions of individuals whose inclusion may be detrimental to the organization. This is a difficult organizational decision for corporations, businesses and the country’s military.

The armed forces plan for decisive first strike capability, sustainment and survivability; all of these have as their least common denominator risk mitigation. That risk mitigation concern applies to tactics, equipment and personnel. The transgender issue falls squarely on the personnel side of the equation.

In the paragraphs that follow, I will introduce data from sociologists, psychologists and medical professionals. We are simply presenting facts assembled by national health organizations along with other groups. At no time do we diminish the LGBTQ community. But, as certain socio economic groups have a higher medical propensity for things like obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, the gay community faces its own challenges. Every socio economic group has its exceptions but risk management has to consider the norm.

In the transgender community, pre-gender reassignment individuals suffer from  Gender Dysphoria – a fundamental unease and dissatisfaction with the biological sex one is born with which results in anxiety, depression, restlessness, and other symptoms. The dysphoria often acts as a catalyst to change one’s body and gender expression (how one presents to the world) to be more in keeping with what is felt to be one’s gender identity (the gender that one feels oneself to be).

Individuals who identify as transgender tend to experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population. While approximately 6.7 percent of the general United States population suffers from depression and 18 percent grapple with some iteration of an anxiety disorder, nearly half of all individuals who identify as transgender experience these issues. What’s more, over 41 percent of trans men and women are estimated to have attempted suicide — a rate that’s nearly nine times as high as the rate of cisgender Americans.

Although a broad base of researchers agree with suicide and mental disorder data, there is considerable diversity in their views on causation. The most pro LGBTQ organizations attribute the statistics to discrimination, real or perceived, along with social stigma. At the other extreme you’ll find the work of Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, who describes transgenderism as a “mental disorder” that merits treatment and that sex change is “biologically impossible.” Dr. McHugh describes people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

More recently, we have the issue of PFC Bradley E. Manning, now know as Chelsea Manning. In United States v Manning, Manning’s Defense Attorneys

“…also raised the issue of whether Manning’s gender identity disorder had affected Manning’s judgment. Manning had e-mailed master sergeant, Paul Adkins, in April 2010 to say she was suffering from gender confusion and, despite then living as a man, attaching a photograph of herself dressed as a woman. After Manning’s arrest, the army found information about hormone replacement therapy in her room, and Manning’s commander, Captain Steven Lim, learned that she had been calling herself Breanna. Defense lawyers argued that the superiors had failed to provide adequate counseling, and had not taken disciplinary action or revoke Manning’s security clearance. They also suggested that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy—which was repealed in September 2011—had made it difficult for Manning to serve in the army as a gay man…

There is an abundance of clinical material discussing the challenges faced by the transgender community, as well as the aggregate LGBTQ community. You can read that for yourself if the topic moves you, but for now I’d like to comment on the socialization component of the transgender issue. To do that, I will share a story from my own military service.

I served with a man, Petty Officer Washington, who I have the deepest regard for. Petty Officer Washington is, or perhaps was, an African American serviceman. He was a courageous, humble man with an unquenchable thirst for learning. I don’t think a day went by when Washington didn’t have a book in his hands. However, P.O. Washington faced a challenge. In the confines of a submarine, where privacy is nonexistent , when evacuating his bowel, Washington had to let his penis hang outside the toilet bowl, he was not showing off or being cute,  he was simply dealing with the fact that if he allowed it to hang inside the toilet bowl it would be immersed in water.

Now imagine, P.O. Washington, pre-gender reassignment, identifying as a woman and requesting access to the WAVES (female sailors) showers and latrines. How should this be addressed? Should the services build individual shower stalls and replace latrines with private bathroom stalls across all branches? When you have organizations as large as the U.S. Military, there are significant social and financial challenges that any manager must consider, and the 2 year and $20,000 cost of gender reassignment is not a fully loaded cost; the accommodation could very well mean not upgrading a weapon system.

The issues associated with the President’s Transgender decision are significant and don’t stop at financial exposure. Risk mitigation especially from internal exposure is a valid consideration, imagine gender dysphoria being responsible for a mass killing, intentional detonation of ordnance or disclosure of classified information. The President made a difficult decision but we’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that transgender exclusion stops at military service. At best, it’s political and shallow  to call his decision discriminatory; if anything can be criticized, is his “Trumpian” approach to the announcement. The actual implementation will undoubtedly consider the transgender servicemen and servicewomen presently serving honorably.

Let’s us know what you think. Have a great weekend and spend some time your buds and family. Stay safe!

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U.S. Army On Track To Roll Out The XM17 Modular Handgun System November 2017

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Last Friday, the U.S. Army announced its proposed roll out plan for the XM17Modular Handgun System (MHS).

The first 2,000 guns will go to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The remaining units will see their Beretta M9s replaced over the next 10 years.

The US Army’s purchased two Sig Sauer P320 variants, designated XM17 and XM18, awarding Sig Sauer a contested $580 million contract in January 2017. The new pistol features a number of improvements that addressed some of the more ubiquitous complaints. One problem, that appears to be a hot button, is the M9’s external safety which could accidentally be engaged when racking the slide. Ergonomic improvements as well as durability and a self-illuminating sight all won the day for Sig.

Although the XM17 and XM18 support caliber conversion, using SIG’s CALIBER X-CHANGE KIT, the Army will continue to use the 9mm rounds.

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GARMIN INTRODUCES A NEW RINO 700 HANDHELD

 

Features:

A robust 5 W GMRS two-way radio offering extended-range voice communication — up to 20 miles to stay in touch with other Rino-carrying members of your group.

Built-in worldwide basemap and high-sensitivity dual GPS and GLONASS receiver,  for accurate, reliable navigation — even in challenging environments.

Rino’s handheld position reporting feature lets you see the locations of other Rino users operating on the same channels — and also alerts them to your whereabouts in case of emergency¹.

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Upgrade to IWI US TAVOR X95

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police were the first law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the TAVOR SAR in 2013.       

Harrisburg, Pa. (July 2017) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have upgraded their firearms from the IWI US TAVOR SAR to the TAVOR X95. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police were the first law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the TAVOR SAR in 2013.

“We’re honored that the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have chosen to stay with an IWI US firearm and have upgraded their rifle to the state-of-the-art X95,” said Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales & marketing for IWI US. “Just like its predecessor the SAR, the X95 is a reliable platform that is small enough to easily maneuver through urban settings while delivering full size rifle power, but provides the shooter with several upgrades over its precursor.”

The 2017 Golden Bullseye Award winner for Rifle of the Year from Shooting Illustrated Magazine, the IWI US TAVOR X95 platform incorporates a tri-rail forearm covered by three removable vented rail covers. The TAVOR cutlass style trigger guard is modular and can easily be converted to a more traditional trigger guard with pistol grip. The trigger has been upgraded and now has a lighter pull weight. The charging handle has also

been relocated closer to the shooter’s center mass, and perhaps the most significant departure from the TAVOR is the ambidextrous magazine release, located to a more traditional AR-15/M16 location on the X95.

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police is a section of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. They provide law enforcement, security and parking enforcement services to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and at state government buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.

To Download this Press Release as a PDF or get hi-res images visit: Our Dropbox

About IWI US, Inc.

IWI US, Inc. is the USA-based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR X95, TAVOR SAR, Jericho 941 pistol, UZI PRO pistol, Galil ACE rifles and pistols and the DAN 338.

For more information, visit IWI US Inc. at our website- www.iwi.us, on Facebookwww.facebook.com/IWIUS – or contact us via email at: marketing@iwi.us.

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NOBODY LIKES A DIRTY GUN – OTIS RIPCORD FIELD EXPEDIENT HYGINE FOR YOUR FIREARM

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AeroVironment Participates in Contract Signing Ceremony for Australian Defence Force Wasp AE Package

  • Three-year contract includes AeroVironment Wasp® AE systems, plus multi-year training and support
  • Australian-based companies XTEK Limited, Sentient Vision Systems and General Dynamics Mediaware to provide added capabilities for Wasp AE and local support
  • AeroVironment now supports more than 40 allied countries with its family of small unmanned aircraft systems

Canberra, Australia, July 25, 2017 AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today participated in a signing ceremony here for the formal execution of contracts (first announced June 1, 2017) to deliver Wasp® AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over a three-year period commencing July 1, 2018.

AeroVironment is working closely with Australian partners XTEK, General Dynamics Mediaware and Sentient Vision to provide Wasp AE, a proven capability in service with militaries around the world, which will then be modified with Australian content to meet both ADF and Australia industry needs. XTEK and AeroVironment will provide local maintenance, training and field support to serve the immediate needs of ADF while expanding AeroVironment’s global support capabilities.

“This contract to supply Wasp AE small UAV systems to support the Australian Defence Force is the result of 10 years of work with XTEK and the Commonwealth, including thorough operational testing, bringing small UAS compatible with the US operations to Australia, and adding capabilities from Australian companies,” said David Sharpin, vice-president of AeroVironment’s Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business unit.  “This collaboration reflects the unwavering commitment of all four companies and the ADF to support and protect the dedicated members of the Australian armed forces with the best UAS capabilities available in the world today – to help them proceed with certainty and ensure successful missions.”

Sharpin said this contract is another indication of AeroVironment’s growing global footprint. AeroVironment now counts more than 40 allied countries as customers for its family of small UAS, including Wasp® AE, Raven®, Puma™ AE and support services.

At only 2.8 pounds, AeroVironment’s Wasp AE is packed with powerful features, such as superior imagery, increased endurance, encrypted video and ease of use, that are inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions. Launched by hand and capable of landing on the ground or in fresh or salt water, the Wasp AE’s portability and flexibility make it ideal for infantry, littoral and maritime reconnaissance operations anyplace in the world.

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Hogue Knives Announces the X1-Microflip

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Henderson, NV – Hogue Knives is pleased to introduce the newest addition to their quality line of knives, the X1-Microflip button lock flipper. “The X1-Microflip is an amazing piece of precision manufacturing” said Hogue lead knife engineer Scott Bruhns. “Our customers have been demanding a streamlined sub 3.0 inch Allen Elishewitz designed knife and we have seriously knocked this one out of the park. This knife is so full of features it honestly has to be held to fully appreciate the cohesive design and execution by Allen and the Hogue team.”

The Microflip features Hogue’s robust button lock mechanism along with their patent-pending blade retention device. This unique instrument retains the blade in the closed position allowing the user to create stored up kinetic energy culminating in the firing of the blade. With an intuitive press of the lock button the knife can be easily closed with one-hand without placing fingers in the path of the closing blade like standard liner lock flippers. “This knife contains no springs. It is a manual flipper yet acts surprisingly like an automatic,” exclaims Bruhns.

Designed specifically as an every day carry pocket knife, the X1-Microflip is the first knife in the Hogue line with a blade measuring under three inches. The 2.75″ Drop Point blade profile comes either stone wash tumbled or with a black Cerakote® finish. Made from .120″ thick CPM154 steel, the blade offers superior corrosion resistance while providing excellent edge retention. It is cryogenically heat treated to 57-59 RC then hand sharpened and honed.

The Type III hard coat anodize 6061-T6 aluminum frame is sculpted for an ergonomic grasp and comfortable one-handed deployment. The frame is patterned with an escalating indent texture for additional grip traction and includes a pointed impact pommel. Models are available in matte finished black, grey, flat dark earth or aquamarine. The frame includes a reversible clip and filler plate for ambidextrous tip up carry. The X1-Microflip sports an MSRP of $149.00 – $159.00.

All Hogue Knives are designed by former Recon Marine Allen Elishewitz and made in the USA by Hogue, Inc. Hogue supports local dealers and encourages customers to purchase Hogue products locally. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1-800-438-4747 or visit http://www.hogueknives.com to find a Hogue Knives dealer near you.

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iFest: Three days of data-driven learning for government pros comes to DC

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ARLINGTON, VA – Data-driven learning is the latest in innovations to leverage data and analytics for making informed decisions. It’s the focus of events and programs July 31-Aug. 2 at iFest 2017, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Virginia.

iFest will give military, government, industry, and academia professionals a place to share the latest in distributed learning, and for the first time in the DC area. This event is held by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative in collaboration with the National Training and Simulation Association, an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.

With an emphasis on innovation, instruction, and implementation, this year’s event will focus on learning analytics with associated topics, such as technological inter-operability (such as xAPI), implementation, privacy, and security. Among highlights:

· Sae Schatz, director of Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, is among speakers Monday and will lead a discussion with keynote speakers, Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale of Joint Force Development and Kim Peretti of Adobe Digital Learning Services.

· “Ignite! Talks” are panels of industry and government experts, offering their experiences and insights in five-minute discussions each.

· A workshop on xAPI, or experience application programming interface.

· An optional “PlugFest” for xAPI and the burgeoning Total Learning Architecture.

· Breakout presentations on the latest hot topics, including cybersecurity, science and technology, learning analytics, human and computer interactions, and “big data” for experience intelligence.

The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative is a federal government plan created to help programs, initiatives, and policies better support flexible, lifelong learning through technology.

For more information, please contact John Williams at jwilliams@ndia.org. Registration and the agenda are at www.ndia.org/events under the entry for iFest.

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OVERVIEW OF THE GEMTECH INTEGRA 5.56

Be sure to catch GEMTECH’s 24 Hour Flash Sale

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Adaptive Tactical Exhibiting at 2017 Triggrcon

c739abbb-c6e8-4516-8cb3-e3357dd45249Adaptive Tactical to display its shotgun and rifle accessories at Booth #407, July 27 – 30, 2017 in Tacoma, Washington.

Nampa, Idaho (July 2017) – Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks, magazines, conversion kits and accessories, is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the 2017 Triggrcon, held July 27 – 30, 2017 in Tacoma, Washington at Booth #407. For hands-on product viewing, Adaptive Tactical will be showcasing a selection of its shotgun, 10/22 and AR accessories.

“This is our first time attending the show and we are excited to promote our product line to the passionate firearm enthusiasts in the Northwest. We will be offering some really great booth specials for those who attend the show and visit us at Booth #407,” commented Gary Cauble, Director of Sales and Marketing for Adaptive Tactical.

Triggrcon is a four-day event that includes a range and industry day open to media and industry attendees. The final two days are open to firearms enthusiasts. Triggrcon showcases the newest, most innovative companies and products in the tactical firearm industry.

For more information on Adaptive Tactical, visit www.adaptivetactical.com or “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Instagram. For more information on Adaptive Graphx or Stōn Camo, visit www.adaptivegraphx.com and www.stoncamo.com.

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DANIEL DEFENSE DDWAVE SUPPRESSOR

 

Sound Reduction: 5.56 round by 30dB & 300BLK by 40dB, depending on barrel length and environmental conditions.

Two models available: DD WAVE™ 7.62 (QD) /

DD WAVE™ 7.62 (DT)

  • 3D printed baffle/tube eliminates the need for welds.
  • Solid Inconel construction.
  • Cascading baffle stack.
  • M.S.R.P.   QD $1,157. Direct Thread $986
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NSSF Applauds Interior Deputy Secretary Confirmation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today applauded the confirmation of David Bernhardt as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. A bipartisan majority of the Senate confirmed Bernhardt in a 53-43 vote today. NSSF joined with 28 hunting advocacy groups to support Bernhardt’s nomination to the second most senior post in the Interior Department.

“The confirmation of David Bernhardt is a clear win for American sportsmen and women,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “His years of success in wildlife conservation and management issues between federal and state governments will give Secretary Zinke the experience and leadership to carry out his vision for an Interior Department that appreciates the contributions of recreational hunting and sport shooting.”

Bernhardt is an avid hunter, angler and shooter with extensive service on Capitol Hill and with the Interior Department, including roles as deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of congressional and legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary. He is versed in active regulations and rule-making, and has both private sector and government legal experience.

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HALEY STRATEGIC HEADQUARTERS IS MOVING TO A NEW FACILITY!!

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Haley Strategic is moving and they’d like your help! A message  from one of the industry greats…

For the past seven years, Haley Strategic has brought you the best in training and products. We have decided to push that idea even further. We are now positioned to expand training and our offerings which will be housed in a brand new state of the art facility, that will be home to training and new manufacturing capabilities. With our New D7 program on the horizon, students will be able to take part in the next evolution of the most advanced training available. Our new headquarters will also feature a brand new showroom that will feature the products of our partners with a hands on tailored experience. Stay tuned for the official announcement and the grand opening.

HELP THE HSP TEAM MOVE

In the meantime, you can help the HSP team move into our new by enjoying the HSP moving sale! Moving sucks and we could use a hand. Look for the yellow button throughout the site where you will find some of your favorite gear available at up to 25% off. The moving sale will be going on all week, and each item is only available while supplies last. We look forward to sharing the new headquarters with you and a whole new Haley Strategic Experience.

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Federal Launches 13 Options in Its New Non-Typical Deer Hunting Ammunition Lineup

Federal Launches 13 Options in Its New Non-Typical Deer Hunting Ammunition Lineup

Non-Typical Deer Hunting Ammunition

ANOKA, Minnesota — July 24, 2017 — Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Non-Typical, a full line of ammunition specifically built for the American deer hunter. The competitively priced rifle loads are available in 13 popular hunting cartridges and bullet weight options, including a 140-grain 6.5 Creedmoor. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.
New Federal Non-Typical uses an optimized soft-point bullet with a concentric jacket to provide tag-punching accuracy and consistent, lethal wound channels on any whitetail, mule deer or other species.
Features & Benefits
• Accurate, hard-hitting bullet design
• Loaded to meet the specific needs of deer hunters
• Consistent Federal primer
• Precision-drawn Federal brass
Part No. / Description / MSRP
243DT100 / 243 Win. 100-grain soft point / $21.95
270DT130 / 270 Win. 130-grain soft point / $21.95
270DT150 / 270 Win. 150-grain soft point / $21.95
3030DT150 / 30-30 Win. 150-grain soft point / $19.95
3030DT170 /30-30 Win. 170-grain soft point / $19.95
308DT150 / 308 Win. 150-grain soft point / $21.95
308DT180 / 308 Win. 180-grain soft point / $21.95
3006DT150 / 30-06 Spring. 150-grain soft point / $21.95
3006DT180 / 30-06 Spring. 180-grain soft point / $21.95
7RDT150 / 7mm Rem. Mag. 150-grain soft point / $27.95
300WDT150 / 300 Win. Mag. 150-grain soft point / $27.95
300WDT180 / 300 Win. Mag. 180-grain soft point / $27.95
65CDT1 / 6.5 Creedmoor 140-grain soft point / $21.95
Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to
www.federalpremium.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NDIA

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

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Extrema Ratio Announced the New BF2 R Folder

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

Available versions:

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

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Larry Vickers On FN Commercial Carbines

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

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

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

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

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

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

B-14 HMR Rifle Specifications:

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

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

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