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Call of Duty WWII Leaked

March 28th, 2017

Call of Duty WWII

By this point it’s not the most breaking news, but for those who aren’t aware, the latest game in the long-running Call of Duty franchise is going back to its roots and taking place during World War II. Called ‘Call of Duty WWII’, the new game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. There hasn’t been a mainline game in the CoD series that takes place during this period since 2008’s ‘CoD: World at War’, developed by Treyarch. Based on the posters and various steel book game cases that were leaked, it looks like the game will take place at least partially on the Western front, with the D-Day invasion being prominently displayed in the promotional materials.

Since the latest Call of Duty titles have been drifting farther and farther into the realm of science fiction and alternate history, it doesn’t come as much of a shock that Activision and Sledgehammer are attempting a reset of the franchise, an appeal to those clamoring for a more ‘classic CoD experience’. With a game set in World War II, we’re pretty much guaranteed a lack of double jumping, infinite sprinting, wallrunning, direct energy weapons, and other now common CoD elements that, interestingly (perhaps ironically) enough, actually started with Sledgehammer’s first lone-developed CoD title, ‘CoD: Advanced Warfare’.

It’s worth mentioning that this may be the start of a trend of AAA developers revisiting historical wars in first person shooter games: EA and DICE took a bit of a risk and just last year introduced ‘Battlefield One’, a mainline Battlefield title that takes place during World War I, which has paid heavily in their favor both critically and commercially. Granted, there were some provisions and near-anachronisms made within ‘Battlefield One’ for the sake of enjoyable gameplay, but it was still a huge departure from the most recent numbered Battlefield titles, which take place in a world-spanning conflict in a modern setting. I can’t say in confidence that ‘CoD WWII’ is a reactionary attempt to capture some of Battlefield One’s success, since each game in the CoD series is released by one of three developers and is developed over a period of three years, but the franchises will once again be compared for their major departure in setting.

In any event, ‘another year, another CoD’ rings true yet again, even if we’re trading the space suits and laser rifles for olive drab combat uniforms and M1 Garands. We should still expect finicky gameplay balance, kill streaks, and map packs and microtransations aplenty.

Look forward to the inevitable official announcement for ‘CoD WWII’ when E3 rolls around this coming June.

Quick-Draw Revolving Pen Holder On Kickstarter

March 27th, 2017

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KeyBar, a Georgia-based CNC company, has launched their first ever Kickstarter campaign for the ‘Quick-Draw’, a revolving pen holder. Made of aluminum, the Quick-Draw is shaped like a revolver cylinder with 8 chambers, and is designed to revolve on top of its base. It’s already made its funding goals, but if this project interests you be sure to pledge to guarantee yourself a ‘Quick-Draw’ when they come out.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1636850148/quick-draw-revolving-pen-holder

Justice League Trailer

March 26th, 2017

DC’s shared film universe, known officially as the ‘DC Extended Universe’, has been, frankly, a poorly-managed hodgepodge hurriedly crafted together in a desperate response to Marvel’s expertly handled (by comparison) ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. As a result, what could/should have been good films were instead narratively unsound, critical disappointments, succeeding entirely on the properties they represent rather than than their own merits.

Ok, now that I have the pretentious critic angle covered, here’s my 2 cents on the newest ‘Justice League’ trailer.

Yeah, I’m pretty pumped to see a ‘Justice League’ movie is actually getting made. Yeah, it looks like they’re doing it right i.e. more ‘comic-booky’, even if it’s a bit jarring to go from BvS to this. However, trailers are meant to tantalize, and I’ve been burned before: pre-release material made BvS look really great, and even made Suicide Squad seem like it would be watchable. Then there’s Wonder Woman, which again, looks pretty neat, but it could always go south.

I’ll reserve further critique until ‘Justice League’ actually comes out in November, but, well, the track record of DC films speaks for itself. Enjoy the trailer, but be wary that’s this is a trailer, and all of the cool fight scenes and snappy dialogue compressed into a few minutes of footage are not representative of the final product.

Matador – Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack

March 25th, 2017

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Matador’s Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is, as its name implies, a 28-liter backpack which is also packable/stowable. Thanks to its unique design, it can be compressed down to roughly the size of a football, and weighs only 20 oz. empty. The Beast28 is made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, and comes complete with a large main compartment, breathable straps, lumbar padding, and is hydration pack-compatible.

Beast 28 from Matador on Vimeo.

gallantry.com/products/matador-beast28-packable-technical-backpack

Ahoy – Iconic Arms: Rocket Launcher

March 24th, 2017

Ahoy continues the Iconic Arms YouTube series by exploring the history and development of rocket launchers, and their inclusion in modern day media.

The P90’s up next.

Check out Ahoy’s YouTube channel here.

Vollebak – Blood, Salt & Dirt Camo Range

March 23rd, 2017

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Vollebak’s Blood, Salt & Dirt camo range is “clothing that’s pre-camouflaged for abuse.” Made of a high-stretch 22% elastane / 78% polyamide blend, the three shirts in the range are lightweight, breathable, and highly moisture wicking, and are designed to camouflage blood stains, sweat and salt, and dirt, respectively.

It seems as if the intent behind these clothes is to mask dirt, grime, and wear during strenuous physical and activity, but it comes across as the shirt equivalent of a battleworn/distressed finish on a new or barely-used firearm.

www.vollebak.com/category/gear/blood-salt-dirt-camo

Howe & Howe – Ripsaw EV2 Super Tank Luxury Vehicle

March 22nd, 2017

The Ripsaw EV 2 is the “..world’s first consumer based luxury high performance dual tracked vehicle or super tank.”

Super Tank.

Becoming Batman is being more viable as every day passes.

Boker Plus Lancer

March 21st, 2017

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Lakewood, Colorado (March 20, 2017) – Boker USA is proud to introduce the Boker Plus Lancer.

As a designer, knife maker Serge Panchenko gained popularity with his Dog Tag Knives from Spyderco. The new Boker Plus Lancer clearly shows his signature, being more of a lightweight everyday carry than a full size pocket knife.

The compact and, above all, very flat design allows extremely comfortable carry, while the rugged construction creates a smooth action and superior reliability. The durable G-10 handle scales house a single titanium liner, and titanium pocket clip for easy carry. The blade steel is high performance 440C stainless with a stonewash finish. Blade length: 3.00″. Overall length: 7.00″. Weight 2.4 oz. MSRP: $94.95.

The Boker Plus Lancer, MOdel 01BO064, is available for purchase through Boker USA, Inc.

www.bokerusa.com/pocketknives/boker-plus/tactical-knives/lancer-01bo064

Camillus CAMTRAX

March 20th, 2017

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The Cammillus CAMTRAX is what happens when you apply multitool design to a full-sized tool. The CAMTRAX’s 3-in-1 design consists of a hatchet/hammer, with a glass-filled nylon handle which houses a 7″ lockback folding saw.

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The sheath, also made of glass-filled nylon, comes with a reversible belt clip and bottle opener.

www.camillusknives.com/product/733.0.0.0.0/19142/_/Camillus_CAMTRAX

NERF John Wick

March 19th, 2017

Another video from the insanely-talented Corridor Digital, NERF John Wick combines the cinematography and combative styling of the John Wick films with more than a few NERF blasters.

It’s actually really entertaining, I swear.

Tomenosuke 2049 Movie Prop Edition

March 18th, 2017

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Deckard’s unnamed LAPD-issued blaster is one of the most iconic firearms in sci-fi cinema, an amalgam of a Steyr Mannlicher .222 Model SL and a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver, further fitted with LEDs and additional parts. Japanese prop manufacturer Tomenosuke is releasing the 2049 Movie Prop Edition of what they call the ‘PRO Blaster’, a movie-accurate replica of Deckard’s Blaster.

A number of features have been improved when compared to earlier releases of the PRO Blaster, including more-accurate overall geometry, as well as the grip color being more in line with the screen variant. The 2049 Movie Prop PRO Blaser also comes complete with dummy cartridges.

www.hollywood-collectibles.com/store/product.php?productid=16583&cat=0&page=

Prey – The First 35 Minutes

March 17th, 2017

If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s the first 35 minutes of the upcoming reboot/rebranding/reimagining of Prey. It’s pretty much System Shock 3, which coincidentally is also going to be developed.

KDG Mr. Murphy Patch: Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day With Everyone’s Most Hated Irishman!

March 16th, 2017

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Mission plans are like Bar Crawls; everything was going great until Murphy showed up…

We all have met Mr. Murphy, and we have yet to meet anyone that likes the guy. He’s been giving the Irish a bad name since before Saint Pat murdered all those snakes with his trusty Shillelagh!

Any military man or woman can tell you all about Mr. Murphy; well known for his universal law. Murphy likes to make frequent appearances right before uniform inspections, after you have bought nonrefundable plane tickets for your upcoming leave request, and even worse, during combat operations. According to old military superstitions, if you get three or more officers together to talk, he will appear in mere moments.

We here at KDG aren’t going to sugar coat it, we flat out hate Mr. Murphy. We asked our resident red-bearded Irishman Daniel O’Brien his thoughts on the matter, and he said, “If it wasn’t for Murphy and whiskey, Ireland would be a World superpower!” Collectively, KDG harbors an overwhelming, unrepentant amount of hatred for Mr. Murphy, and strive to avoid him at all cost. In the spirit of the holiday, we would like to offer our “NO MR. MURPHY!” morale patches for $5.00 with free shipping. For all orders over $30.00 placed on our website, you will receive a free Mr. Murphy patch with your order. The offer runs now through Sunday March 19. The patches are Velcro backed for attaching to plate carriers and hats, and are constructed out of high quality PVC material. PVC is a good choice for the spirit of Murphy’s Law, since it’s stain proof construction allows for green-tinted vomit to be easily washed off!

Here’s the real origin of Murphy’s Law.

Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”) was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949, and was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy. Captain Murphy worked as an engineer on Air Force Project MX981, which was designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in an aircraft crash.

One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.” The contractor’s project manager kept a list of “laws” and added this one, which he called Murphy’s Law.

Shortly afterwards, the Air Force doctor (Dr. John Paul Stapp) who rode a sled on the deceleration track to a stop, pulling 40 Gs, gave a press conference. He said that their good safety record on the project was due to a firm belief in Murphy’s Law and in the necessity to try and circumvent it.

Aerospace manufacturers picked it up and used it widely in their ads during the next few months, and soon it was being quoted in many news and magazine articles. Murphy’s Law was born.

Get yours at kineticdg.com/product/no-mr-murphy-pvc-morale-patch

Springfield Armory – Night Of The Saint

March 15th, 2017

I would like to start this off by reminding the readership that Springfield Armory’s SAINT is an AR-15 with BCM furniture, including an exclusive polymer forend, and a mid-length gas system.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, somehow SA has translated this concept into a Survivor meets Top Shot kinda thing with an all-woman cast. Here’s SA’s synopsis:

You will need to be so much more than a good shot. And your physical strength will only get you so far. It all comes down to mindset. Are you ready for the challenge? Six athletic and adventurous women agreed to go to a mountain in Wyoming. In the end, they learn that their biggest competition isn’t the person to their left or right, but rather their biggest competitor is themselves.

www.defendyourlegacy.com/NOTS

Cobalt Kinetics To Release CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) In Limited “Beta” Test

March 14th, 2017

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ST GEORGE, Utah, March 14 – Cobalt Kinetics, a manufacturer of premium performance and precision engineered rifles, today announces plans to open their CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) platform to the public as a limited beta test through select dealers. The highly anticipated release of the CARS is available as an upgrade package on the following Cobalt Kinetics rifle models: BAMF, Eclipse, Edge, Team, Team Stage 2.

The limited beta test will run through the end of May. The upgraded functionality of the “beta” CARS will cost $800 as a premium option when ordering. Additionally, Cobalt is extending continued warranty and support and any upgrades or improvements to the rifles purchased on this initial beta release.

Skylar Stewart, Vice President of Cobalt Kinetics said, “After a year of strenuous development and testing, we are ready to release the CARS functionality to select group of shooters for testing. We are confident with the engineering and performance and want to get feedback from enthusiasts, helping us put the final polish on the system.”

The CARS rifle autonomously drops an empty magazine and loads the chamber once an ammunition supply is present. When using a CARS equipped rifle, the user is only required to pull the trigger, and introduce a fresh magazine as ammunition becomes exhausted. More time and attention can be spent on target acquisition and engagement, allowing for faster and more accurate shooting. The CARS retains the standard operation of the AR-15 platform; the bolt catch and magazine release are still present and operational.

The CARS auto-drop feature can be selectively deactivated to retain an empty magazine. CARS auto-load is always active and operational; the gun will chamber ammo from a fresh magazine once it is inserted and seated. CARS functionality works with most AR-15 magazines.

The components used in the construction of the CARS system are made from D2 and S7 tool steel and coated in nickel-Teflon. This process produces parts that resist wearing while also reducing the need for lubrication.

CARS is in its 5th revision since inception; reflecting dozens of improvements and refinements by their engineers. The 5th revision was extensively tested, with over 15,000 rounds expended during development and was vetted by numerous experts in the industry.

Ordering
If you wish to become part of the beta test, locate a Cobalt Kinetics dealer near you on their website at: https://cobaltkinetics.com/cobalt-kinetics-authorized-dealer-locations/
or contact them directly at:
Phone: 435.656.0599
Email: sales@cobaltkinetics.com

Atomic Blonde – Red Band Trailer – NSFW

March 13th, 2017

If you feel this trailer for Atomic Blonde has a bit of a John Wick feel, it’s not surprising: David Leitch, co-director of John Wick and director of the upcoming Deadpool 2, is also behind this flick, in which Charlize Theron plays an MI6 agent sent to Germany on a top secret mission.

Oh, and in case the title didn’t give it away, this is pretty NSFW; you have been warned.

Thomas The RC Hexapod

March 12th, 2017

I was on Reddit earlier today, and happened upon this .gif of a RC Hexapod modified with a Thomas the Tank Engine turret, complete with a working flamethrower. To be blunt, I found it hilarious, and thankfully the source was provided in the thread, which can be seen above.

It’s a product of YouTube channel PeterSripol, who modified the original Hexapod into the monstrosity it now is.

You can check out more of PeterSripol’s vids here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yF9tV4xWEMZkel7q8La_w

Adult Swim Is Streaming A Marathon Of The Samurai Jack Season 5 Premiere

March 11th, 2017

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Tonight was the premiere of Samurai Jack season 5. If you missed it, or you’re without cable, or if you want to see it again, Adult Swim is streaming a marathon of the episode for free on their website. Check it out at the link below:

www.adultswim.com/videos/streams/samurai-jack

Join The MAWL Man Militia

March 10th, 2017

For Christmas last year, BE Myers & Co., Inc sent out custom brick figures configured as MAWL Man to commemorate the launch of their weapon laser. Armed with a MAWL-DA on top of a suppressed MK18, MAWL Man also sports a pistol, knife, plate carrier and full loadout.

These proved so popular in social media that they decided to offer them for sale in order to raise funds for their favorite charity, SOC-F.

Get your MAWL Man from Weapon Outfitters and share photos of him in action by joining the MAWL Man Militia on Facebook.

Mondo – A Stanley Kubrick Production T-Shirt

March 9th, 2017

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The shirt itself is pretty simple: it’s a blue cotton tee with ‘A Stanley Kubrick Production’ printed on the front. This particular bit of minimalist fashion was developed by Mondo in association with Alamo Drafthouse and Warner Bros., in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Anthony Burgess and the original release date the ‘A Clockwork Orange’, the film based on the Burgess’ same titled book; in-arguably his most popular publication, and arguably Kubrick’s finest film.

To further tie in the shirt to the film, the print mimics the design and font of the same text as seen in the ‘A Clockwork Orange’ opening credits.

mondotees.com/collections/apparel/products/clockwork-orange-t-shirt-5

RAID: World War II

March 8th, 2017

A 4-player co-op game where you play as soldiers of various nationalities teamed up against the Nazi menace, and there’s Nazi gold to steal. Sounds like Payday crossed with a dash of Inglourious Basterds.

www.raidworldwar2.com

Hot Toys – Punisher 1/6 Scale Figurine

March 7th, 2017

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Hot Toys is releasing a 1/6 scale figurine of The Punisher as portrayed by Jon Bernthal in the Netflix Daredevil series. The figure features over 30 points of articulation, along with multiple weapons, a special figure stand, and a damaged Daredevil mask.

www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HOT10719&mode=retail

5.11 Tactical – Ghost Recon: Wildlands Tactics – The Sync Shot

March 6th, 2017

In this 4-part video series, 5.11 Tactical discusses tactics used in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands with Special Operations Personnel, with this video featuring the “sync shot” that is used in sniper units.

www.511tactical.com/GRW

Superesse Straps – EDC Hanks

March 5th, 2017

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Superesse Straps has a line of EDC Hanks (handkerchiefs) that are designed to “assist in firecrafting, defense from an EMP, escaping illegal restraints, sawing, purifying water, filtering toxic air, and more.” The EDC Hanks are primarily handcrafted in North Carolina, from 100% cotton, along with aramid thread, Kevlar material, nickel/copper EMF cloth, Velcro, ripstop, and other materials. Superesse Straps offers several specialized handkerchiefs under the EDC Hanks line, including a burn-proof camp rag, a hank with a Velcro storage compartment, and a shemagh with a built-in utility saw.

www.superessestraps.com/collections/edc-hanks

Deadpool 2 Teaser – ‘No Good Deed’

March 4th, 2017

Deadpool 2 coming out next year.