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STREAMLIGHT INTRODUCES PROTAC HL 5-X USB

February 16th, 2018

em>Brightest Addition to Tactical Light Series Offers 3,500 Lumens, Multi-Fuel Options

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 15, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac® HL 5-X USB rechargeable system, the newest and brightest addition to the ProTac® series of tactical lights. Delivering up to 3,500 lumens, the new light comes with two of Streamlight’s new 18650 lithium ion batteries with an integrated micro USB charging port and a charge cord. A ProTac HL 5-X with four CR123A batteries is also available.

The ProTac HL 5-X USB offers three selectable programs and is powered by either two rechargeable 18650 USB batteries or four 3-volt CR123A lithium disposable batteries. This multi-fuel capability enables users to charge the light on the go, or insert cell batteries when a charging source is not available.

“The ProTac HL 5-X USB is one of the brightest tactical lights on the market, with flexible battery options for every situation,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “The ideal hand-held flood light, the ProTac HL 5-X USB lets you see what is all around you, including hard-to-reach perimeters and corners.”

The ProTac HL 5-X USB uses the latest in power LED technology for extreme brightness. When using 18650 batteries, it delivers 3,500 lumens on high, and a run time of one hour and 15 minutes. It also provides 2,500 lumens and a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes on the high setting when using CR123A batteries. Run times on low are 10 hours and 30 minutes, and 11 hours and 30 minutes, respectively.

The light features a TEN-TAP® programmable switch, which allows for user selection from among three programs: high/strobe/low (factory default); high only; or low/medium/high.

Fabricated from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, the ProTac HL 5-X USB features a multi-function, push-button tactical tail switch that permits one-handed operation. It also has a “sure grip” rubber sleeve to ensure users never lose their grip.

The ProTac HL 5-X USB is 9.53 inches in length and weighs 1 pound, 2.4 ounces with four CR123A batteries and 1 pound, 3.4 ounces with two 18650 rechargeable batteries. The light has an IPX7-rated design for waterproof operation to one meter for 30 minutes, and is impact resistance-tested to one meter.

Available in black, the ProTac HL 5-X USB and the ProTac HL 5-X have MSRPs of $175.00 and $145.00, respectively. Both come with a lanyard and Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast Trooper Eddie Vinyl Figure

February 15th, 2018

This is a Vinyl figure of Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, wearing his iconic Red Coat uniform from the cover art for ‘The Trooper’ single, itself a song based on the Charge of the Light Brigade. It stands about 4″ tall, and comes in a window box. Would make for a great collectable, or an interesting desk piece.

www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/69018

Alien Gear Holsters Releases Company’s First Ankle Holster

February 14th, 2018

POST FALLS, Idaho (Feb. 12, 2018) – Alien Gear Holsters new ankle holster and ankle carry expansion pack are now available for purchase after years of development.

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Alien Gear Holsters has steadily expanded holster variety from Alien Gear Holsters’ original waistband style of holsters, to offer more options for a wider amount of carrying preferences.

The ShapeShift Ankle Holster is a comfortable solution for those that sit all day, are looking for an alternative to waistline concealment or carry a backup firearm.

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The ShapeShift Ankle Holster draws stability from a two-strap system that anchors at the heel, setting it apart from other ankle holsters. This design, combined with a premium engineered polymer spine for stability, ensures the ankle holster won’t slip down or compromise security.

Alien Gear Holsters’ Designer Taylor Vold has been involved with the ankle holster since its inception two years ago.

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“I can guarantee you have never seen an ankle holster like this,” Vold said. “The time and effort that has been put into this product ensures that it is truly one-of-a-kind.”

The holster is compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System, and quickly switches to a large variety of IWB, OWB and tactical style holsters. The system was designed to allow carriers more holster options for a significant reduction in cost.

For those who already own the full shell configuration, the expansion pack is the most cost-efficient option at $37.88. Purchase the full ShapeShift Ankle Holster for $61.88 at AlienGearHolsters.com/ankle-gun-holsters.html.

The Ankle holster is backed by a Forever Warranty and a 30-Day Test Drive.

Bulletsafe – How Bulletproof is Tartar Sauce

February 13th, 2018

Bulletsafe has a web series titled ‘How Bulletproof?’, where they test how bulletproof regular objects are when compared to one of their ballistic vests. This episode, they test multiple jars of tartar sauce against a .50 AE Desert Eagle.

Spoiler, all they get from the tartar sauce is a huge mess, but that’s kind of a foregone conclusion.

bulletsafe.com

Colonial Williamsburg Expands On-site Amenities for Military Guests as Liberty Lounge Welcomes its 100,000th Visitor

February 12th, 2018

New Volunteer-staffed Military Information Desk to Open at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center this Month

Elisabeth Reiss poses with Liberty Lounge volunteers and Colonial Williamsburg guest David Cook, a World War II veteran.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Colonial Williamsburg’s Liberty Lounge, a complimentary space for ticketed military guests to relax and recharge in the Historic Area, welcomed its 100,000th visitor Feb. 3. The milestone comes less than two years since the lounge first opened its doors May 26, 2016.

Part of a broad military outreach initiative led by Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, the Liberty Lounge is staffed full-time by 63 Foundation volunteers with more than 435 years of collective service in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The donor-funded lounge, located in the Margaret Hunter Workshop just off Duke of Gloucester Street, offers amenities such as hot and cold beverages, wireless Internet access and a children’s area, and showcases vintage military memorabilia from Foundation collections.

“It was a dream of mine to create a special space for our military guests and their families to recharge while visiting Colonial Williamsburg,” said Elisabeth Reiss. “We could never have anticipated the overwhelming support the Lounge has received from guests and the community, and we are grateful to our volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors for making it all possible.”

Elisabeth Reiss added that the Liberty Lounge assists volunteers and staff with communicating the year-round military discounts and offerings available to Colonial Williamsburg guests, including complimentary and discount admission through the Honoring Service to America program, sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation, and discounts on Colonial Williamsburg hotels, food and beverage, military retreats, golf and spa services.

In the wake of the Liberty Lounge’s milestone, Colonial Williamsburg expands its on-site amenities for military guests President’s Day weekend with the opening of a new military information desk at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. The desk will be staffed full-time by Foundation volunteers and will help drive awareness of Colonial Williamsburg military offerings by orienting guests with military amenities, programs, exhibits and discounts. Information on scheduled demonstrations involving musket and cannon fire will also be available to guests who would like advance notice.

In addition to funding from generous anonymous donors, corporate sponsor Royal Cup supplies tea, coffee and beverage compliments to Liberty Lounge.

Additional information about the Liberty Lounge and Colonial Williamsburg military outreach is available at Colonial Williamsburg ticketing locations, online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/military or by calling 1-855-296-6627 toll-free. Information is also available by downloading the free Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app via the Apple App Store and Google Play, and by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

A /k/lassic Post

February 11th, 2018

It’s still pretty much true.

How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

February 10th, 2018

Because little fluffy needs to know the 4 rules the same as anyone else.

www.firebox.com/How-to-Talk-to-Your-Cat-About-Gun-Safety/p8493

STREAMLIGHT INTRODUCES DUALIE WAYPOINT

February 9th, 2018

High-Performance Area Light Offers Individual or Combined Spot and Flood Lighting

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 9, 2018 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, introduced the Dualie Waypoint®, a high performance spot and area light that allows for individual or simultaneous use of a forward-facing spot beam for distance and a bottom-facing flood light. The alkaline battery-powered light, which delivers up to 750 lumens, combines the best of two popular Streamlight products – the Dualie® dual-function LED flashlight and the Waypoint® pistol-grip searchlight.

First responders, industrial professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts alike will appreciate the Dualie Waypoint’s flexible options, whether using it for illuminating low-lit pathways or performing close-up tasks. And combining both the spot and flood beams can help users to see what is ahead and around them so they can avoid slips, trips and falls.

“The Dualie meets the Waypoint in this all-purpose tool that can be used for virtually every long-range and close-up lighting need,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “Users can choose between an ultra-bright spot light or a flood light with a soft, wide beam to meet their distance and area lighting needs, or combine them to optimize navigation and eliminate blind spots. And the Dualie Waypoint provides them with hands-free options for any situation.”

Featuring an ergonomic handle, the Dualie Waypoint hooks over doors, pipes, bars, cables, or ladder rungs for hands-free operation and its innovative D ring and kickstand allow for every lighting need. Because the light is sealed and floats, it even can be used for wet applications.

Offering high, medium, and low intensity modes, the new light uses the latest in LED technology and 4 “C” alkaline batteries (not included) to deliver both extreme brightness and long run times. On high, the front light delivers 750 lumens, 72,000 candela, and a 535-meter beam distance; the bottom-facing light offers 450 lumens, 240 candela, and 31 meters of beam distance. With the front and bottom lights combined, the Dualie Waypoint provides 750 lumens.

Run times for the light range from 3-55 hours when the two beams are combined to 3.5- 125 and 5.75-170 hours for the front and bottom lights, respectively.

The Dualie Waypoint features a push-button switch with momentary and click-on operation. The rotary switch behind the button selects the main (front) beam, bottom (area) light, or both for a combination of distance and pathway lighting in one setting.

The new light features a high-impact polycarbonate casing, an unbreakable polycarbonate lens, a rubberized lens cover, and is O-ring sealed. The light measures 6.75 inches long and 6.5 inches high; it weighs 2.06 pounds with batteries.

The Dualie Waypoint is IPX7-rated, and is impact-resistant tested to 2 meters.

The Dualie Waypoint has an MSRP of $95.00 and a yellow and black design. The light comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

www.streamlight.com

Crosman Corporation Announces New Director of Sales for LaserMax Products

February 8th, 2018

Bloomfield, NY – Crosman Corporation announced that Kurt Worden has joined the company as Director of Sales for LaserMax Products. Kurt is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in servicing customers and driving organizational revenue growth.

“I’m honored to join Crosman Corp and be part of a company with a deep tradition of developing product innovation with all of its categories,” said Kurt. “I am looking forward to bringing these technology advances to our customers to ensure we continue to bring solutions that will help our consumers train and protect themselves better.”

Prior to joining Crosman, Kurt spent three years at Beretta as Director of Sales, retail chains. Kurt has also held a number of sales leadership roles at various companies including a stint at LaserMax from 2012-2015, prior to Crosman’s acquisition of the commercial business.

“The LaserMax family of products leads the market in terms of innovative, quality laser aiming solutions,” said Steve Upham, Senior Vice President of Sales. “We are confident that the addition of Kurt to the team will give us the dedicated focus to be able to grow our business with the retail channel as well as further develop our strategic partnerships with firearms manufacturers.”

Kurt will be based in the Crosman corporate headquarters in East Bloomfield, New York.

About Crosman

Since its founding in 1923, Crosman has been driven by the steadfast pursuit of quality and innovation. Crosman’s history is rooted in the airgun industry, where today Crosman remains the market leader in airguns, airgun ammunition, and consumables. In addition to airguns, Crosman has a diversified product lineup in the outdoor sporting goods industry that includes airsoft, firearms optics and laser aiming devices under the Lasermax brand, and archery products under the CenterPoint brand. Crosman is a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CODI). For more information visit www.crosman.com or contact Jay Duncan at jduncan@crosman.com.

Deadpool, Meet Cable

February 7th, 2018

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Yeah, it’s that kinda movie.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Teaser

February 6th, 2018

Let’s be honest, no one’s going to feel right playing roles originally filled by Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, plus ‘The Last Jedi’ was a dumpster fire.

Primary Weapons Systems Releases Multiple New Product Lines at SHOT Show

February 5th, 2018

Primary Weapons Systems released multiple new product lines and updates at SHOT Show last month.

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Starting with the MOD 1-M line (replacing the MK1 MOD 1-P line) with M-LOK handguards and Radian Raptor charging handles. Keeping the internals the same, the MK1 MOD 1-M line got a simple facelift. To match that, the MK2 MOD 1-M line also got M-LOK handguards and Radian Raptor charging handles.

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Past the more expected updates, we take a look at the MK1 MOD 2-M line which replaces the MK1 MOD 2 line. The MK1 MOD 2-M line features not just an M-LOK handguard, but their patent pending PicLok handguard. Yes, it offers M-LOK along the entire length of the handguard, but also offers Picatinny in the front quarter of the rail. What sets the PWS MK1 MOD 2-M handguards apart, is the fact that M-LOK accessories direct thread into the handguard, meaning you don’t use the back T-nut of the accessory. This allows the shooter’s rail to truly stay as slim as possible while still offering a variety of mounting options. In addition to the PicLok handguard, the MK1 MOD 2-M line includes the Radian Raptor charging handle and Radian Talon safety selector.

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For PWS customers wanting to do a quick handguard swap, we have good news! Handguards will be available as standalone items, so you can easily swap your current PicMod to PicLok.

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The ALPHA line of rifles, easily differentiated by the FDE anodizing, was designed specifically for military use, but will be available for civilians. A few features of the ALPHA line are the heavier barrel profile, 1:7 barrel twist rate and gas adjustment knob in front of the handguard.

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The last big release from PWS was the new PCC line in 9mm. Using a straight blowback system, taking GLOCK mags and having last round bolt hold open, PWS expects the PCC line to be a popular addition to their current offerings.

The PWS website is currently being rebuilt, but will be live by mid-February. In the meantime, customers can contact sales@primaryweapons.com for questions and purchasing.

Company Information:
Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) was formed in 2008 as a rifle component company and has since grown to be one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the Northwest. PWS initially made firearm accessories and compensators, but quickly moved into firearm manufacturing as they developed their PWS Long-Stroke Piston System which takes the operating system from Kalashnikov’s AK design and merges it with Stoner’s AR platform giving a hybrid rifle to shooters looking for a low-maintenance yet reliable and accurate firearm. PWS manufactures AR-15s in 223 Wylde, 300BLK and 7.62×39 as well as DPMS .308 pattern builds in both .308 Match and 6.5 Creedmoor- all with the long-stroke piston operating system. The PCC line of 9mm products is the only line that varies from the piston system, being a straight blowback system. Also manufactured by Primary Weapons Systems are lightweight buffer tubes, steel body buffers, accessories and a wide selection of compensators for firearms both piston driven and direct impingement.

primaryweapons.com/store

The Cloverfield Paradox Trailer

February 4th, 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox was is the latest movie in the Cloverfield series, and was in a bit of a distribution hell until being picked up by Netflix. It also premiered tonight, immediately after the Super Bowl.

Ant-Man And The Wasp Trailer

February 3rd, 2018

The Marvel franchise just keeps chugging along.

I’m personally waiting for a proper Howard the Duck movie.

CRKT – Williams Tactical Key

February 2nd, 2018

Former Army Officer and martial arts instructor James Williams designed the Williams Tactical Key, a push dagger-style self defense tool shaped innocuously like a key. The tool is made of 3Cr13 steel, with a blade length of 1.762″, and the tip of the blade also functions as a Phillips screwdriver.

www.crkt.com/shop/whats-new/williams-tactical-key

DroneShield Ltd Announces DroneGun Tactical

February 1st, 2018

DroneShield Ltd announces the DroneGun Tactical product, available for purchase by qualified end-users.

The release of DroneGun Tactical follows the release of DroneGun MKII in late 2017. DroneGun Tactical is much more compact than the MKII model but has a shorter range.

Features:

• No backpack – the product is entirely self contained within the rifle body, while maintaining lightweight and long effective range (over 1km).

• Addition of 433Mhz and 915Mhz frequencies, to ensure complete effectiveness across drone models.

• Ergonomic body and controls.

• Further alignment with standard military specifications, including standardised NATO military battery power.

DroneGun Tactical is not intended to supercede DroneGun MKII. Rather, it is designed for users with a different set of requirements than those using DroneGun MKII.

www.droneshield.com

Crosman Introduces Expanded Line of Remington Airguns

January 31st, 2018

Bloomfield, NY January 30, 2018 – Two years ago at the 2016 SHOT Show, Crosman announced the acquisition of the Remington license for airguns. Now, in 2018, Crosman features an expansive lineup of Remington products, including one of the most powerful break barrels on the market, the all-new Remington Model 725 VTR .25 caliber air rifle.

The Remington 725 VTR delivers more than 30 foot pounds of energy, more than enough knock down power for even the toughest varmints and mid-sized game. This .25 cal hunting rifle is powered by a Nitro Mag gas piston and features a shrouded, sound-suppressed bull barrel and a two-stage adjustable trigger. The custom ambidextrous all-weather stock design was inspired by the sleek and modern Remington 783. The gun comes packaged with a CenterPoint® 3-9x32mm scope and will retail for $199.

Rounding out the Remington Break Barrel line are the black all-weather synthetic Express Hunter .177 and .22 caliber guns and the all new 777SB wood stock, silver-barreled .177 and .22 caliber guns. All four guns feature a Nitro Mag gas piston, a two-stage, adjustable trigger, and CenterPoint 4 x 32mm scopes and are backed by Crosman’s industry-leading customer service and 5 year warranty.

The legendary Remington AirMaster™ variable pump BB/pellet rifle features a rifled, silver-colored steel barrel, an all-weather synthetic stock, a fiber optic front sight, and a 4 x 15 mm scope. The AirMaster delivers blazing speeds up to 1000 fps, making it one of the fastest pump guns on the market.

Also in the lineup are Remington air pistols, led by the wildly successful R1875, a heavy, high-quality, dual-ammo revolver replica that has a nickel finish with a faux ivory grip. The pistol line also includes the R1911/R1911RAC and the RP45 replicas.

About Crosman

Since its founding in 1923, Crosman has been driven by the steadfast pursuit of quality and innovation. Crosman’s history is rooted in the airgun industry, where today Crosman remains the market leader in airguns, airgun ammunition, and consumables. In addition to airguns, Crosman has a diversified product lineup in the outdoor sporting goods industry that includes airsoft, firearms optics and laser aiming devices under the Lasermax brand, and archery products under the CenterPoint brand. Crosman is a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CODI). For more information visit www.crosman.com or contact Jay Duncan at jduncan@crosman.com.

Henry Repeating Arms Introduces the ‘Patriot Series’

January 30th, 2018

BAYONNE, NJ – January 30, 2018 – Following the release of several new models last week Henry Repeating Arms is introducing the Patriot Series- a new category of firearms and products available through their eCommerce store celebrating America, patriotism, and the Second Amendment.

God Bless America Edition Golden Boy

The God Bless America Edition Golden Boy is a .22 S/L/LR lever action rifle built on Henry’s time-honored and award-winning Golden Boy platform known for its smooth action, American walnut stocks and blued steel octagonal barrel. Intricate floral scrollwork engraving on both sides of the nickel-plated receiver cover frames iconic images of America’s heritage like the American flag, the Liberty Bell, and a bald eagle, all of which have details highlighted in 24-carat gold. A banner on the right side of the receiver cover contains the words, “Home of the Free Because of the Brave.” The stock is engraved and hand-painted with the Statue of Liberty’s torch, and in similar colors, the rifle’s forend displays the words, “God Bless America.”

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Henry is also introducing a centerfire version, the God Bless America Edition Big Boy, featuring similar imagery on a rifle chambered for .44 Magnum/.44 Special with a 10. The God Bless America Edition Golden Boy, model #H004GBA has an MSRP of $1,208, and the Big Boy version, model #H006GBA has an MSRP of $1,523.

Stand for the Flag Edition Golden Boy

The Stand for the Flag Edition Golden Boy is a direct salute to the American flag with a full red, white and blue depiction applied to both sides of the receiver cover with a durable polymer-ceramic coating known as Cerakote. The finish adds a layer of further abrasion and corrosion resistance on top of the nickel plating. The buttstock features a hand-painted image of a man standing hand-on-heart with the words, “O Say Can You See” written underneath. The Stand for the Flag Edition Golden Boy, model #H004SFF is chambered in .22 S/L/LR with an MSRP of $1,208.

The Patriot Series also includes three plaques that include hardware for mounting on a wall or the lawn, all of which are available through Henry Pride, Henry Repeating Arms’ eCommerce store. The We Proudly Stand plaque depicts a soldier standing to salute the flag of the United States, rendered in full red, white and blue color across the plaque. Beneath the flag is the underlined text, “We Proudly Stand.” The Patriotic Home Plaque shows a New Original Henry rifle with the message, “This House Believes in God, Country & Family.” It’s finished with a French Bronze color. The Second Amendment Plaque carries the message, “This House Is Protected By the 2nd Amendment,” in a black and gold finish. All three plaques are made of highly durable cast aluminum to withstand the elements outdoors or in.

Henry firearms can be purchased from a licensed firearms dealer. Most dealers offer a discount off of the MSRP.

For more information about the company and its products visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.

About Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading firearms manufacturers in the country and the leading lever action manufacturer. Their company motto is ‘Made In America Or Not Made At All,’ and their products come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service. The original Henry rifle played a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and is one of the most legendary, respected and sought-after rifles in the history of firearms. The company’s manufacturing facilities are in Bayonne, NJ and Rice Lake, WI.

SHOT Show 2018 – American Defense Innovations Stinger

January 29th, 2018

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This is the American Defense Innovations Stinger. One of the more unique products to be found at this year’s SHOT Show, the Stinger is a ‘Rapid Deployment Bayonet’. It is designed to mount to the underside of a forend via Picatinny rail, and features an aluminum housing which deploys a large pseudo spike-style bayonet. The mechanism works by depressing a recessed button on the underside of the housing and dragging it forward so the unit locks into place.

The Stinger is expected to start shipping around April-May 2018, and is being distributed by Paper City Firearms.

www.papercityfirearms.com
americandefenseinnovations.com

The Boring Company Flamethrower

January 28th, 2018

So… Elon Musk’s The Boring Company is selling a flamethrower. It’s about half the cost of other commercial flamethrowers, however it seems to have a pretty short range based on the looping video on The Boring Company website. It also kinda looks like a modified NERF gun, or a weapon from Destiny, so it has that going for it.

Available for pre-order and its expected to start shipping in Spring.
www.boringcompany.com/flamethrower

SHOT Show 2018 – IWI TS12

January 27th, 2018

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The TS12 is a semi-auto bullpup shotgun and the first shotgun in the Tavor family of weapons. Chambered for 12 gauge shotshells, the TS12 features a 15+1 capacity (12+1 with 3″ shells), and, in a design that is somewhat reminiscent of the SRM Arms Model 1216, feeds from a rotating drum of three 5-round magazine tubes that must be manually cycled as one tube is expended. Being a bullpup shotgun, despite its 28″ overall length, it manages to house an 18.5″ barrel. A monolithic Picatinny top rail allows for the attachment of iron sights and/or optics, while M-LOK slots on the 3 and 9 o’clock positions of the forend allow for the attachment of accessories.

The TS12 features an ambidextrous design, with feed ramps placed on both the left and right of the weapon for loading shells into an empty mag tube, while the charging handle can be switched from the left to the right, with the use of a tool. A crossbolt safety is placed a bit above the pistol grip, which can also be reversed for left or right shooters, as can the ejection port.

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We had a bit of time with the TS12 at Range Day, and it’s a weapon that takes some getting used to, due to its design being a bit unique. Loading the tubes is simple: you load the shells into a mag tube, then depress a lever within the trigger guard (opposite the trigger) to unlock the drum to switch to a new tube. A round is automatically chambered when a fresh tube is switched to the top position. A button to the rear of the feed ramp can be depressed to eject shells from the mag tube. It’s a fairly hefty weapon with a large rubber buttpad, so it it absorbs recoil pretty well, and its semi-auto operation means you can throw a wall of lead down range pretty quickly, especially when you get used to transitioning to a new tube, after a bit of practice.

iwi.us

SHOT Show 2018 – ZRODelta Genesis Z9

January 26th, 2018

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The immediate thought when picking up the Genesis Z9 was “This looks and feels like an aluminum Gen 3 Glock.” Given the general look of the Z9, and the fact that there is a fair bit of parts compatibility with a stock Glock, it’s not an unfair assessment to make. However, given the wide degree of modularity the base frame offers, the Z9 is truly a pistol all its own.

Seen above is a near fully-stripped base module, which the rest of the pistol can be built around. Shooters can increase the length of the grip from carry to full, add a flared magwell, replace the back strap, and even replace the front strap to add or remove finger grooves.

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Additional modularity allows shooters to swap the dust cover between compact and full, or even a dust cover with an integrated compensator.

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ZRODelta is offering their own range of slides in carry, full, and long slide options. The optics cutout models can be paired with different mounting plates for a variety of common micro dots. Other Gen 3 slides, whether factory or aftermaket, are also compatible with the Z9.

zrodelta.com

SHOT Show 2018 – SOG Knives PowerAccess Deluxe

January 25th, 2018

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The PowerAccess Deluxe is a new multitool from SOG Knives. Made of 5Cr15MoV steel with a stonewash finish, the PowerAccess Deluxe has 21 tools, as well as a 12-piece hex bit kit, and the components can be opened while keeping the tool closed. This tool utilizes SOG’s compound leverage gripping power. With this feature, and the wire cutters, we were able to slice clean through a penny the rep had on hand.

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Another cool feature of this and other tools in SOG’s new line is the ability to retain a bit while the tool is closed.

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Here’s a shot of the PowerAccess Deluxe fully extended.
www.sogknives.com

SHOT Show 2018 – Mossberg 590M

January 24th, 2018

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The 590M is a box magazine-fed variant of the 590 shotgun. All the standard features of the 590 shotgun are present with the 590M (dual extrators, ambi safety, heavy-walled barrel, etc.), however the magwell features stabilizing ribs that engage with the magazine when loaded to ensure solid lock-up. The magazines for the 590M are manufactured by Adaptive Tactical, and come in 5, 10, 15, and 20-round capacities. They are a double-stack design, with hardened steel feed lips, overmolded grips, a self-lubricating polymer body, and an ASTM-A-228 music wire magazine spring.

The Mossberg 590M will be offered in both a standard and tri-rail model, the later of which includes a heat shield and ghost ring sights. Both models will come with a single 10-round magazine, and are currently in production.

www.mossberg.com

SHOT Show 2018 – Franklin Armory Reformation

January 23rd, 2018

The wait is over, the mystery revealed on The Reformation, Franklin Armory’s ‘not-SBR’ that left everyone guessing.

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So, what allows it to defy NFA classification, despite its 11.5″ barrel and collapsible stock? It’s the barrel. Specifically, the Reformation line will feature Franklin’s NRS Barrel Technology. NRS, which stands for “Not a Rifle or Shotgun”, is a barrel with straight cut lands and grooves that retains a standard chamber. Because the barrel doesn’t impart spin on the projectile, the ATF decreed it doesn’t meet the definition of rifling, and as such the Reformation can’t be classified as a rifle or shotgun, short-barred or otherwise, only a ‘firearm’.

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What does this do to accuracy? Franklin claims to have tested 4 MOA accuracy with off-the-shelf ammo, but they’ve also developed fin and flare stabilized projectiles and ammo specifically for use with the Reformation, that offers near-MOA performance.

The initial Reformation firearms will be chambered in .300 BLK, with 5.56 to follow shortly after. Models without the BFSIII binary trigger will also be made available.

www.franklinarmory.com