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Frank Clegg – Camo Duffle

April 18th, 2014


This Camo Duffle from Frank Cleg Leatherworks is part of their upcoming Fall/Winter ’14 line. It’s made from multicolored panels of leather, giving it a Woodland-esque appearance.

Frank Clegg bags are handcrafted in Massachusetts.


Things Are Getting Real For The BATFE’s Firearms Technology Branch

April 17th, 2014

Sometimes, you can get to know a bit about someone by taking a peek at their shopping list.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was served a lawsuit last week by SIG Sauer. This suit immediately followed ATF’s public chastising from a judge in a similar case brought by Innovative Arms (both cases where muzzle brakes were submitted for testing and classification and deemed “silencers” by the ATF, but no decibel reduction testing was provided to back up their determinations). It might be of interest to other muzzle device manufacturers (and possibly the legal team at SIG Sauer) that ATF themselves this month has admitted that their own sound testing equipment “…has reached end of life and requires an upgrade.” and has issued a sole-source solicitation to purchase a new “computer controlled firearm silencer testing system” from a Virginia-based Bruel & Kjaer representative that custom built ATF’s last system in 2005.

Click to view .pdf

FedBizOpps SIMS Solicitation

Recently, ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch claimed that Innovator Enterprises, Inc.’s Stabilizer Brake was a highly-restricted silencer, even though the manufacturer’s intent was to make a freely-sold, unregulated recoil device. The ATF’s determination, however, was shot down with no small amount of candor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia when Innovator Enterprises sued the ATF over the mischaracterization. District Judge John Bates’ commentary read that the ATF’s “decision to classify the Stabilizer Brake as a ‘firearm silencer’ is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ for at least two reasons: the agency failed to ‘articulate a satisfactory explanation’ for its decision and the agency failed to ‘examine the relevant data’ before coming to a final conclusion.”

The Court noted that the ATF did not provide any proof or determination of the Stabilizer brake’s ability to reduce noise, but gave FTB the benefit of the doubt by assuming “Although the FTB (Firearms Technology Branch) utilizes state-of-the-art sound metering equipment, these tests do not affect the classification of any item.” But ATF themselves, in what may wind up being an unfortunately-timed admission from them in any upcoming court cases, gives justification of their purchase by admitting that their sound metering equipment is actually not “state-of-the-art” but rather “has reached end of life.”

The Court goes even further to question the history of “what exactly Congress was concerned about in deciding to regulate silencers at the federal level”, and points out a study showing that “The 1934 congressional debates [over what became the National Firearms Act] provide no explanation about why silencers were licensed” in the first place.

The ATF’s National Firearms Act Branch is incredibly overworked and understaffed. It is constantly inundated with tens of thousands of silencer transfers, and is currently dealing with the frustrations of a contractor’s failed e-Forms website (that was supposed to help ease their workload and speed the processing times of these transfers). Add the issue of being repeatedly sued over arbitrary determinations – on what is not even a firearm to begin with, but rather a harmless noise-pollution reduction device – it is certainly a ripe time for Congress to assess if suppressors should be removed from the purview of the NFA entirely.

- Kel Whelan

Kel Whelan has spent decades working NFA issues, and is well known to many in the firearms industry. Plus, he can always recommend a great place to eat.

Conqueror Australia – Mk1 UEV-490

April 16th, 2014

The UEV-490 is the largest Urban Escape Vehicle on offer by Conqueror Australia. The body is CNC manufactured and features skeletal construction with cladding to reduce weight. All body parts are electro galvanized and epoxy coated and Chassis beams are hot dipped galvanized. The 490 rides on an independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and ‘Tough Dog’ shock absorbers.


Luxury items include a diesel-powered hot water system, interior heating, microwave, shower, fridge/freezer, full kitchen with cutlery and crockery, and a flat screen DVD player.

Contact sales@conqueroraustralia.com.au for a quote. Conqueror Australia sells the UEV-490 worldwide.


Hot Shots/Dead Legacy Clothing Collaboration

April 16th, 2014


Hot Shots has collaborated with Dead Legacy Clothing to offer exclusive t-shirts featuring the best of the Hot Shots images over the last three years. The first t-shirt to be launched is the ‘Daisy’ featuring Hot Shots Girl Daisy Watts.

Additionally, for every shirt sold, £10 ($16) will be donated directly to Help for Heroes.


Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker Helps Protect Boston Marathon Runners From Dangers Of Heat Illness

April 16th, 2014

The Kestrel® 4400 provides waterless WBGT measurement and displays on-screen warnings when environmental conditions put athletes at risk.


Boothwyn, PA – April 16, 2014 — Long distance runners have a lot to be concerned about when exercising in hot environments. Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar radiation and indirect radiation from surfaces play a significant role in an athlete experiencing exertional heat stress or other medical problems. This can be particularly true when an early season event is affected by unusually high temperatures and runners have not had an opportunity to become acclimatized.

The 2012 Boston Marathon experienced an unusually hot day, resulting in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) allowing runners to choose to defer their entries or to run at a slower pace. This situation resulted in the BAA evaluating the best way to monitor heat stress conditions during their premier endurance event. To do so, the BAA partnered with the Natick, MA based US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) to evaluate available methods for monitoring heat conditions and providing guidance for athletes and emergency personnel. One of the tools the USARIEM team will be deploying for their monitoring program at this year’s race is the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker.

The Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker is a handheld or tripod-mountable portable instrument that provides waterless readings of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), the most widely- used measure of physiological heat stress in an environment. After first validating the accuracy of the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker in the USARIEM environmental chambers, the USARIEM team will be taking measurements at three locations throughout race day and comparing these “ground truth” readings with alternative methods for calculating WBGT. Based on their study, USARIEM hopes to be able to provide the BAA and other endurance event organizers with recommendations on the best way to monitor heat stress conditions at events.

The Kestrel 4400 helps athletic trainers, military trainers, emergency staff and scientists get real-time information to monitor environmental conditions such as heat index, relative humidity, temperature and most importantly WBGT. WBGT is an aggregate environmental measurement that combines ambient temperature, humidity, sunlight, radiant heat and wind into a single number that can be referenced to published guidelines to increase safety and preparedness for hot weather activities. The American College of Sports Medicine provides the following WBGT guidance for endurance events: when WBGT exceeds 65°F, warn entrants of increased heat illness potential; if WBGT is over 73°F, recommend entrants adjust their normal pace or withdraw if at risk; if WBGT exceeds 82°F, cancel event or recommend voluntary withdrawal. The Kestrel 4400 has user-settable warning zones that can be set up to trigger when WBGT passes these thresholds, helping to ensure that event personnel are aware and prepared when the chance of exertional heat stress and adverse medical events rises.

The Kestrel 4400 is also a full environmental weather meter, offering readings of all meteorological measurements and can be Bluetooth® enabled. Sealed to IP-67 standards and drop tested to MIL-STD-810G, the Kestrel 4400 is built to stand up to real-world conditions.


Darley Defense Days – Shakespeare Company

April 16th, 2014


The RamHead Tactical SATCOM Antenna is designed as a wearable hands-free way to send and receive real time information via satellite. It provides high quality voice communications for both mounted and dismounted operations.


Frequency – 225MHz-500MHz
Polarization – Linear
Input Power – 25 Watts (Max)
Gain – 2.14dBi
VSWR – 2.5:1 or less

The RamHead has been tested and proven with the following radios and accessories:

- PRC 152
- PRC 117F and 117G
- PRC 148
- PSC-5
- KMW1031 amplifier
- TSE-RAMP-25 amplifier
- TSE-AMP-MB-50 @ 20 watts

Available from Shakespeare Company, LLC.


X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Opening Fight Scene

April 15th, 2014

This scene from the upcoming X-Men sequel shows the remaining mutant resistance fighting off the upgraded Sentinels of the future. This scene alone gives me higher hopes for this movie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past drops May 23rd, 2014.

Musterbrand – ‘The Vigilante’ Watch Dogs Aiden Coat

April 14th, 2014


Officially licensed from Ubisoft, Musterbrand’s ‘The Vigilante’ is an authentic replica of main character Aiden’s outer coat from the upcoming video game Watch Dogs. The shell is made from a 65/35 Poly/Cotton blend, and the lining is 100% Polyamide, with a 100% Polyester sleeve lining.


Available is sizes XS – XXL


Spam Can “Hook & Loop” Patches

April 13th, 2014


Gunwebsites has designed 7.62×39 and 7.62x54r spam can Velcro patches, yet found the borders were “off” and decided to gauge interest “as-is” by holding a funding campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign was successful enough that they even expanded the line to include a 5.45×39 spam can patch. Although the campaign has reached its funding goal, there are still backing rewards available for those who are interested.



April 12th, 2014

Mix Metal Slug with retro-style pixel art, throw in 15+ 80′s and 90′s action heroes as playable “Bros”, and garnish with a multitude of explosions, and you pretty much have Broforce. Looks pretty sweet.

At the moment, it’s an early access title, which means you pay for it now and get to play through the various betas up to the final release.



Batman: Strange Days

April 11th, 2014

Batman: Strange Days is a short produced by Bruce Timm celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary. It’s a blend of Golden Age Batman with Hugo Strange and one of his monster men, mixed with the iconic “Timmverse” art style featured in the DC Animated Universe.

Arsenal, Inc. Releases New Addition To The SAM7 Family – The SAM7UF Combines High Quality, Modern Features, & Affordability

April 10th, 2014


LAS VEGAS, NV – Arsenal, Inc. is proud to announce the expansion of its SAM7 Family products. The SAM7UF rifle is the latest in the growing group of firearms to join the modern SAM family and incorporates the latest technologies, quality, and workmanship the American market has come to expect from Arsenal and SAM7 series.

The SAM7UF is a 7.62x39mm semi-automatic rifle, manufactured on Arsenal’s legendary hot-die forged and milled receiver and incorporates the modern under-folding buttstock. Loyal to its traditions, Arsenal has manufactured the SAM7UF rifle with all mil-spec and premium components, including the hard chrome lined hammer forged barrel, reinforced polymer pistol grip and hand guards, stainless steel heat shield, the 90-degree vertical gas block with bayonet/accessories lug, and the original 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads.


The SAM7UF utilizes the modern straight-back under-folding stock, which locks perpendicular to the action and the bore of the rifle. In order to provide a more secure and firm lock, whether in a folded or extended position, this stock locks on both sides of the receiver with 4 solid pins. This, with the additional reinforcement in the arms of the stock, stabilizes the rifle, which significantly reduces the climb, and gives the shooter much firmer control over the firearm for improved accuracy and effectiveness.

If the rifle looks familiar, it made a brief appearance as the SAS M-7 when Arsenal, Inc. released it as a limited run. Two years ago, Arsenal began serious work on a refined version that integrated maximum precision and new manufacturing processes. What cost just over $2,000 a few years ago will retail with the introductory price of:

MSRP: $1299.00

On top of this already amazing introductory price, the first batch of rifles will include a $50 coupon toward purchase of Arsenal accessories from K-Var Corp.


A Survival Fire Anyone Can Make – Amazing Fastfire Tinder Blocks And Fire Starting Survival Kits

April 9th, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO, April 2014 - SOLKOA Survival Systems — Producer of specialized survival kits for the military and other high-risk government agencies for years is now producing their Fastfire survival fire kit for civilian use.

The key to SOLKOA’s Fastfire Fire Starting Kit is their solid fire starting tinder. The Fastfire material when contacted by a flame or just sparks creates a sustained 1,300 degree flame in seconds. The Fastfire solid cube produces a wind resistant flame that will ignite even when floating on water. The Fastfire solid cube is ideal tinder when trying to get a camp or survival fire going in most any conditions.

Fastfire is a cubic-inch of high-energy tinder resembling a piece of plastic foam (it isn’t). The blocks are hermetically and individually sealed in heavy-duty Mylar wrap for long term storage.

Fastfire blocks can be easily cut into smaller pieces as needed for extended survival or general use. The full block will burn for 10-12 minutes. If cut into 8-pieces for extended use, each piece will produce a flame for 2-3 minutes; more than enough to ignite most kindling.


Fastfire is dry to the touch, easily lit, smokeless, odorless, and when extinguished is cool to the touch in seconds. Each block weighs only 2/10ths of an ounce.

The complete Fastfire Fire Starting Kit includes SOLKOA’s Faststrike, a 3-inch long ferrocerium high-energy sparking rod and a 3-inch hardened steel hacksaw blade for a total of only 1 oz. This sparking system is the more reliable than others including flint because it has no mechanical parts and works when wet. Besides acting as the striker for the sparking rod, the hacksaw can be used for cutting of course and also produces excellent sawdust for use as additional tinder for a survival fire.

Complete fire starting kits come in two sizes:

· Emergency Fire Starting Kit with 2 Fast fire cubes and a Faststrike,- $16.95 MSRP

· Fire Starting Kit with 4 Fastfire cubes – $19.95MSRP

Fastfire packaged cubes can be purchased separately:

· Four for $7.95 MSRP

· Eight for $10.45 MSRP.

Bulk purchases of individual sealed Fastfire cubes are also available on request.


Snake Plissken’s Escape

April 8th, 2014

Snake Plissken’s ESCAPE – Video game pre-production milestone video from Neurobellum on Vimeo.

This footage is (thankfully) all that remains of ‘Snake Plissken’s Escape’, a video game that was to be published by Namco and released back in 2005. Developed by the remaining ‘Dead to Rights 2′ staff, the game would have featured a storyline approved by Carpenter, Russell, and Hill and a full body scan of Russell for the titular character. The developer’s influence is obvious when compared to their previous work, ‘Dead to Rights 2′: acrobatic gunplay with dual wielding and slow motion, which frankly seems a bit beyond Snake’s demonstrated capabilities.

Blind Marksman “Sees” Targets and Hears Success

April 8th, 2014

Ace gunner incorporates Tannerite® Exploding Targets into Virtual Vision system

Pleasant Hill, OR (April 4, 2014) – Target secured. Gun raised. A deafening silence envelops the range. The shooter touches one off, narrowly missing the mark. A catcaller barks, “What are you blind or something?” If the shooter were Jim Miekka, his answer would be “why yes, I am.” But if the gunner truly was Miekka, well, it’s likely the target would have been obliterated and broadcast with a percussion that is distinctively Tannerite®. Miekka doesn’t miss all that often.

Miekka, known at his local Hermosa, Florida gun club as “The Midnight Gunslinger,” lost his sight at the youthful age of 26. The accident that claimed Miekka’s vision damaged a hand as well, but the accredited marksman points out emphatically that the injury hasn’t hampered his gun handling skills. In fact, besides being adroit at long-range target shooting, Miekka more than holds his own as a quick-draw gunslinger, knocking down cowboy targets like Wyatt Earp.

On the range, Miekka is able to hit four out of five targets at 100 yards. Think about that. Four out of five targets at a 100 yards, without ever seeing them… To administer that level of accuracy, Miekka, the inventor, combines his uncanny shooting skills with homespun technology.

Miekka invented “Virtual Vision,” a system that utilizes sound waves to help blind shooters “see” an 8-inch target at 100 yards. At the core is a scope with a 75-times magnifier of his own creation. Headphones in place, Miekka homes in on pings that ultimately lead him to the bulls-eye. The technology isn’t simple, but roundabout terms, essentially uses an artificial imaging device and photo cells to convert electricity into sound, giving whole new meaning to sighting-in a rifle.

Because of Miekka’s brainchild, rifle shooting has become a growing recreation for people without sight. Adding Tannerite® Exploding Targets to the equation has further bolstered that popularity. The resulting explosion lets shooters know instantly if they’ve hit their mark.

Miekka isn’t known only for his firearms mastery or invention of Virtual Vision, either. On an even larger scale, the mathematician and former physics teacher developed “The Hindenburg Omen”, a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) indicator that predicts market crashes before they happen.

Suffice to say Miekka is a problem solver. And Tannerite® is proud to be part of one particular solution.



The Expendables 3 Trailer

April 7th, 2014

The Expendables 3, introducing even more action stars into the fold, and not featuring Bruce Willis, who reportedly wanted too much damn money.

The Expendables 3 drops August 14, 2014.

Contour Is Back!

April 6th, 2014


After shutting down last year, Contour is back and under new management. They relaunched their official website, and are once again offering the classic Contour+2 and waterproof Roam2 cameras. In the coming months, they plan to launch new cameras that will feature the traditional Contour design features: slide-to-record switch, laser alignment system, and 270° rotating lens.


Contour cameras were popular do to their simplicity, ruggedness, and wide accessory support, so it’s great to see their return to the market.


Hat tip: www.cnet.com/news/contour-returns-promises-new-pov-action-cams-soon

BoomCo Blasters

April 5th, 2014


Mattel is looking to take a piece of the foam dart blaster market with their upcoming BoomCo line. There isn’t much information on the individual blasters, but there seems to be a lot of accessories, and the blasters use ‘smart stick’ darts.

Launching Summer 2014.


5.11 Tactical’s Tactical Duty Kilt Is Coming Back

April 4th, 2014


In case you missed the April Fool’s Day announcement, 5.11 Tactical is in fact bringing back the TDK – Tactical Duty Kilt. Originally started as their 2013 April Fool’s Day prank, demand for the TDK led 5.11 to actually release the product, albeit for a limited time only. Now, they’re releasing it again (for a limited time only, again) starting April 15th. Additionally, $10 from the sale of every TDK will go towards supporting We Salute You Veterans and the FIBNAA.


Do You Want A Sequel To ‘DREDD’?

April 3rd, 2014

If you haven’t seen ‘DREDD’ yet, it’s a damn fine movie adaption of Judge Dredd (it’s on Netflix) and I highly recommend it. Karl Urban, who played the title character, made this video to remind the fans that they’re hard at work at getting a sequel made, and there’s a petition working towards that goal.

You can sign the petition here: 2000adonline.us5.list-manage.com

Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie

April 2nd, 2014


Made from durable nylon, this tactical necktie features a Class II laser pointer, PALS webbing, and a removable storage pouch.


SilencerCo: The Wizard’s Staff

April 1st, 2014

The Wizard Staff has a unique CTA baffle stack consisting of 44 polished Mithril baffles designed for an infinite dB reduction of sound. The 36 inches of soundless magic is easily disassembled by even the most novice necromancer to provide full user serviceability. The ageless construction of rare and exotic materials makes the Wizard Staff indestructible. The eternal warranty ensures the Wizard Staff will last as long as any immortal being wielding this impressive firearm silencer.

Sounds like a helluva great .22 suppressor. Too bad the waiting period for a 200 Sliver Sheckel tax stamp has gone up to over a year ever since the Bureau of Destructive Magical Devices has replaced their original Owl-based filing system with one staffed entirely by magical shell-less turtles; you know some hippy-ass druid in high office is getting a nice kickback for that bit of “infrastructure improvement”…


Knife Hog – How To Select A Tactical Knife

March 31st, 2014

Knifehog - How To Select A Tactical Knife IG

This infographic from Knife Hog acts as a primer on the different styles and functions of tactical knives currently on the market.


The Raid 2: Berandal – Gang War Deleted Scene (NSFW)

March 30th, 2014

The Raid 2: Berandal (Deleted Scene: Gang War) from Merantau Films on Vimeo.

This is one of the few deleted scenes from ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’. It took 6 days of shooting and a lot of money to produce, but ultimately was found to interfere with the pacing of the movie and was cut as a result. It’s also hyper violent, so it’s potentially NSFW.

Patriot Ordnance Factory Announces New Rifle

March 29th, 2014


PHOENIX, AZ (March 2014) – Patriot Ordnance Factory proudly announces our new POF-USA Rifle – the Puritan Model – an entry level P15 in 5.56 / .223. The Puritan is a combination of our already popular regulated short-stroke gas piston system and our NEW E² extraction technology.

The Puritan rifle is an evolutionary update for POF-USA in reaction to changing landscapes of the economy. We are now able to offer an entry level super reliable, quality driven rifle at a reasonable price! It’s loaded with state-of-the-art exclusive POF-USA features. Our Puritan boasts features that include the E² extraction technology; gas regulated three mode piston operation, drop in trigger assembly with crisp 4.5 pound trigger pull, roller cam pin assembly, enhanced anti-tilt buffer tube, and plated one piece bolt and bolt carrier — the same parts used in our flagship line.

This rifle has been built and designed on the premise of the company founder, Frank DeSomma, that everybody should be able to own a POF-USA legendary short- stroke piston weapon system. Our entry-level optics ready platform is built with mil-spec aircraft grade forged aluminum uppers and lowers. The ejection port is embellished with the words God Bless America and our USA Flag.

Model: P15 Puritan
Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Remington)
Action: Semi-auto short stroke gas piston system
Weight: 6.7 pounds, empty
Length: 32-35.25” extended
Finish: Black anodized
Barrel: 16.5” nitride heat-treated POF contour barrel
Rifling: 1:8” twist, ½ x 28 barrel threads
Gas Block: Picatinny flattop gas block, bayonet mount and QD sling mount
Furniture: Magpul MOE mid-length polymer handguard
Magpul MOE buttstock
Magpul MOE pistol grip
Muzzle Device: A2 flash hider
Trigger: POF single stage, 4.5 pound drop in match grade trigger with KNS anti-walk pins
Sights: Receiver height railed gas block
Fire Control: Ambidextrous safety selector and rotating gas plug (normal, suppressed or off modes)
Includes: Magpul PMAG 30-round magazine