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Camera And Photos From Battle Of The Bulge Found 70 Years Later

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Part of Company C, 1st Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, T/5 Louis J Archambeau was one of 89,000 allied causalities during The Battle of the Bulge. A camera of his was found 70 years later in a foxhole, containing photos from the days leading up to the battle.

The full story and more images can be found here: www.thetroubleshooters.com/80th/archambeau001

Thanks to Travis Getz for the tip!

Edit: Unfortunately, the link was taken down, as was the entire photo gallery. The reasoning is as follows:

UPDATE: I have removed the photos that were originally posted. Unfortunately, embarrassingly, and dishearteningly, at least two of the photos have been found in the National Archives and were not from Louis’s camera. Thus, I have removed the entire set. Thetroubleshooters.com has removed the photos as well. To clarify, Mark Anderson and Terry Janes were acting in good faith based on the information provided to them, and the camera was discovered by Mark Anderson at the coordinates provided below. He was not, however, present in the dark room in Echternach (where the film was supposedly developed), nor did he see the negatives or prints. Also, Terry Janes, historian at thetroubleshooters.com, has removed all suspect information from the source that provided the photos. From what I understand, two of the photos are from the US Army Signal Corps. Please accept my sincerest apologies.

Schmaltz Products Launches Schmacon, The Un-Bacon

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Schmaltz Products, LLC has just released Schmacon, a smoked & cured glazed beef product when they claim makes a perfect bacon alternative for military foodservice located in countries where pork products aren’t available.

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Sweet, Smokey Flavor and Crispness in a Versatile Beef Alternative to Bacon

(Chicago, IL) – Schmaltz Products, LLC announces the launch of Schmacon™, Smoked & Cured Glazed Beef Slices, an innovative alternative to pork bacon with smokey and sweet flavor and a meaty and crisp texture. Schmacon is whole muscle beef seasoned with a proprietary spice blend and cure recipe inspired by its Inventor Howard Bender’s deli roots. It fits right into the food trend landscape of unusual and adventuresome meats and unexpected blendings of flavors and textures.

“Schmacon is delicious and unlike anything else on the market,” says Howard Bender, CEO of Schmaltz Products LLC , who makes Schmacon. Bender is the Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and deli entrepreneur behind this unique product. “Beef factors heavily into deli menus, and seeing what was going on with bacon, I envisioned a beef product that could capture some of the same magic.”

Schmacon tastes indulgent, but in fact it is lower in fat, calories and sodium than traditional bacon. The carefully-trimmed beef that is used has little fat and a patent-pending process is responsible for the crispy finish that rivals that of pork bacon. It comes ready to crisp and serve and can be prepared in a variety of ways including the oven, microwave and stove-top. The result is an easy to prepare, delicious to eat, take on a traditional food favorite that provides an alternative for those who do not eat pork products or are watching their diet. And it’s a welcome, tasty option for people who simply love meat.

Schmacon can stand on its own or amplify the flavors of breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more with a smokey-sweet boost. “Food trends right now are all about contrasting flavors and textures like sweet and salty. And crispy is huge as well,” says Bender. “Schmacon makes it really easy to get that kind of flavor and texture layering. Of course it’s a winner on a plate of eggs as well.”

Schmacon is already getting enthusiastic response in the foodservice market as it makes its official debut at the National Restaurant Association Show on May 17-20, 2014, where it will receive an innovation award. Foodservice distribution giant, Sysco, has picked it up as have some major universities, restaurants and clubs. It is currently available through online retailer schmaltzonline.com and plans are in place for retail distribution before year’s end.

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

Thursday, 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.

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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.

Blind Marksman “Sees” Targets and Hears Success

Tuesday, 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.

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www.tannerite.com

KRISS Expands The Vector Product Line With Magpul Enhancements

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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KRISS launches the Vector “Enhanced” Series for its line of .45ACP firearms featuring new customization options and Magpul Accessories.

January 14, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada, United States – The KRISS Vector Enhanced Series is comprised of the Vector CRB and SBR models equipped with an M4 stock adaptor, Magpul UBR stock and MBUS flip sights. The scheduled release date for the Enhanced Series is set for Q2 with an MSRP targeted at $1,995.00.
The Magpul stock and MBUS sights give the Vector a similar feel to the ubiquitous AR-15. The stock adaptor, which makes the attachment of the UBR stock possible, will be available for sale separately and allows for a new avenue of customization for the Vector. Magpul MBUS Sights equipped on the Enhanced Series were designed specifically to match the Vector’s unique shape.

According to KRISS USA Marketing Manager Tim Seargeant, the Enhanced Series will feel familiar to more shooters, making it easier to adapt to the Vector’s futuristic design, and is now more customizable.

“The KRISS Super V technology inside the Vector is designed to enhance shooting performance by mitigating recoil forces. Magpul products aim to enhance shooting performance through external upgrades. The Vector with Magpul accessories is a great pairing.” Seargeant adds.

For more information regarding the Vector Enhanced Series, visit KRISS at SHOT Show Booth #432 or go online at www.kriss-usa.com .

Tactical Tailor now building in PenCott

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Lakewood, WA — 05 NOV 13 – Tactical Tailor, supplier of rugged, 100% American-made tactical equipment to Warfighters around the world, is proud to announce it will be building equipment in the PenCott family of camouflage patterns.

The effectiveness camouflage should not gauged by popularity, nor aesthetic appeal. Camouflage is measured by its ability to mask shape and form to prevent detection. The successful use of camouflage—or its compromise—often determines mission success, mission failure and even mission completion. It is for this reason that Hyde Definition calls their patterns Mission Critical Camouflage, and it’s because of PenCott’s efficacy that TT added the Badlands and GreenZone variants to its equipment camo pattern options.

“We haven’t just looked at T&E results,” says Tactical Tailor’s GW Ayers, “We did our own research. We took it to the field and sent it overseas…the results are in. We need to offer PenCott.”

“Tactical Tailor makes some of the most rock solid and effective gear on the planet,” says Lawrence Holsworth, Hyde Definition’s Director of Business Development. “It’s a great honor to be working with them—and a testament to the effectiveness of PenCott’s patterns that they chose us.”

Hyde Definition’s family of patterns features a unique, hybrid, 3-in1 pattern geometry that is more organic and natural looking than typical camouflages. It provides superior concealment at all ranges. Founder Dominic Hyde realized the deficiencies of many such patterns years ago and set out to design a new pattern geometry that would be more effective and adaptable than any other patterns available.

“The PenCott patterns are enjoying great growth internationally,” Holsworth advises, “so teaming up with Tactical Tailor will help us consolidate and build on that success in the US market as well.”

Tactical Tailor will initially be offering equipment in BadLands (for dry, upland, bushland, semi-arid and transitional terrain) and GreenZone (for verdant temperate, tropical and semi-tropical operations). There are two other patterns, with a fifth in development: SandStorm (for arid, desert terrain) and SnowDrift (for snow and winter terrain). The last pattern is called MetroPolis. It’s an urban/industrial/low-light pattern scheduled for release in 2014.

“Sandstorm and SnowDrift are great patterns, no doubt,” Ayers continues, shading his eyes with a grin and looking into the distance. “and MetroPolis is intriguing. However, I can neither confirm nor deny we’ll be doing anything with those in the future.”

View the entire line of Tactical Tailor PenCott offerings: http://www.tacticaltailor.com/pencottproducts.aspx

Learn more about PenCott’s international use: in use all around the world: https://www.facebook.com/Pencottcamouflage

BlackFoot Studios Enters Partnership With Killhouse Games,Inc.

Friday, November 1st, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – October 30, 2013 – BlackFoot Studios LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Killhouse Games, Inc. to license Door Kickers for developing premiere simulations and training products for the world’s militaries and law enforcement agencies.

“Killhouse Games is a small company of passionate game developers, with the respect and knowledge it takes to create a product which properly captures the spirit of modern urban combat,” said John Sonedecker, founder of BlackFoot Studios. “We’re proud to partner with a company that shares similar values to our own.”

The Door Kickers platform is perfectly suited to BlackFoot Studios’ vision for their products. It provides both the low development costs and versatility needed to quickly iterate and deliver content.

“It’s a really clever and easy-to-learn engine, which will run on basically any machine,” says Sonedecker. “It gives us the opportunity to develop a product for quick deployment, and it affords our customers the added convenience of easily producing their own modifications and additional content. We’re really excited to deliver the educational simulation tools needed to train today’s warfighters and first responders, to safely execute some of the world’s toughest jobs.”

“The top down perspective and clear graphics in Door Kickers are designed to put the emphasis on presenting the tactical situation, and from day one we had a training version in mind” says Dan Dimitrescu, co-founder of KillHouse Games. “Having followed Blackfoot Studios for the past couple of years I knew John’s experience in developing for the discerning gamer and the military trainer alike. With their intimate knowledge of the subject matter and the solid ethics that guide them in business, we are thrilled to have Blackfoot studios develop the Simulation and Training version of our game. They are in a great position to capitalize on our technology and to deliver the maximum of quality to the end user – the man on the line.”

Door Kickers: Simulations & Training will focus on the planning and execution phases of Close Quarters Battle (CQB) employed by many of today’s military and police forces. It will allow instructors to teach and then grade the methods of their trainees, using an easy-to-use interface. BlackFoot Studios plans worldwide availability of Door Kickers: Simulations & Training to government and law enforcement agencies, in the first quarter of 2014.

www.blackfootstudios.com/

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Women’s Day – Outer Space Station

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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Back in the late 70s, Women’s Day magazine ran an article detailing a DIY space station playset that was perfect for the initial run of Kenner Star Wars action figures. An article the Star Wars Collectors Archive website not only details the history of the playset, but also includes instructions, should you have the desire to build a set for yourself.

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Drunk Dial Congress

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

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Drunk Dial Congress is a service website by Revolution Messaging that takes your phone number, which allows the service to call you and then connect you to the office of a random member of Congress, where the call is generally fielded by an unpaid, essential employee. The website also provides drink recipes and talking points to use when you call. A little outlandish, but if it gets people talking to any representatives at all, it could be a good thing.

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Penn & Teller To Perform At 2014 SHOT Show State Of The Industry Dinner

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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SHOT Show 2014 will quickly be upon us, and with every SHOT comes the State of the Industry Dinner, and with every State of the Industry Dinner comes the entertainment. This year’s entertainment is comedy and magic duo Penn & Teller, who regularly perform at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and are also pro Second Amendment.

www.shotshowblog.com/penn-teller-to-perform-at-2014-shot-show-state-of-the-industry-dinner/

PDT Intros Force 1 Helmet To Airsoft Market

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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ALAMO, Calif. – October 3, 2013 – Practical Defense Training Technologies (PDT) today announced the availability of its Force 1 Helmet to the Airsoft market. Previously, PDT products have been available exclusively to the military and law enforcement communities for non-lethal training ammunition (NLTA) engagements. With its broad market release, civilian Airsoft enthusiasts can now access military-grade helmets that provide the ultimate fit, form and function.

The Force 1 helmet incorporates a full face mask to provide superior impact protection. PDT engineered proper ventilation characteristics into every aspect of the helmet and utilizes proprietary anti-fogging dual lens technology to create true no-fog head armor. Fogging is largely a ventilation issue that results from helmet designs, coupled with the fact that most lower-end helmets use a single lens polycarbonate. Much like dual pane windows, PDT’s anti-fogging dual lens helps mitigate the two temperature extremes (hotter inside, colder outside) that cause fogging. This ensures maximum visibility and peripheral vision for a true-to-life kinetic experience during Airsoft engagements.

“Head armor affects performance, as it directly affects the application of senses most closely associated with combative skill development – sight, sound and feel,” said Gordon Potter, a 15-year U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and president of PDT Technologies. “Bulky and restrictive designs can obstruct visibility and peripheral vision. PDT’s sleek helmet design supports the user’s sense of feel to weapon system feature manipulation and employment. Our goal is to keep people safe by preventing, minimizing or eliminating personal injury. We are proud to make this level of personal protective equipment available to the civilian market, while continuing to support military and law enforcement applications of Airsoft for training purposes.”

“There are a lot of people using Airsoft out there right now,” said Ken Murray, Director of Training, Armiger Police Training Institute and Co-Founder of SIMUNITION®. “Airsoft can embed in your skin, knock out your teeth, and certainly destroy your eyes. People say one of the advantages of Airsoft is that you don’t need all this personal protective equipment. They’re absolutely wrong. In my opinion, if you’re going to be conducting Airsoft training, you should use the same level of protective gear as that used for conventional marketing cartridges. I’m a big fan of PDT’s gear. From the helmet to the neck protector and protective hood, this is just the top gear on the planet. PDT is certainly the best helmet that I’ve seen in the market. The first and foremost feature is that this thing just does not fog. I can always see clearly through this helmet. It’s also very comfortable and non-claustrophobic.”

Conducting Airsoft training or recreation without the use of proper protective equipment can result in serious injuries, with the eyes, ears, face and neck being most prone to projectile strikes. PDT’s helmet is made from resilient molded mask parts that offer superior impact protection. A durable mesh cover in the lower mask prevents projectiles from passing through and promotes optimal airflow. A rubber goggle frame with soft gaskets fits comfortably against the face. Backside padded head protection is made from durable rip stop nylon material, and perforated ear cover protection prevents loss of audibility. When used in conjunction with PDT’s neck armor and padded hood, the Force 1 helmet ensures complete impact protection with no skin exposure. The Force 1 Helmet is also constructed of closed-cell, low density polymer materials that do not absorb moisture, making it easier to wipe and clean for multi-person use.

Regularly priced at $98.95, the Force 1 helmet is currently on sale for the special price of $79.95. PDT also offers a full line of personal protective equipment for Airsoft users, including padded hoods, hand armor, and chest, neck and groin protectors. Items can be purchased individually, or users can take advantage of the PDT Go Bag, which includes a full set of PPE and a marking knife for close quarters combat training, in PDT’s signature duffel bag. For more information or to purchase, please call (925) 708-1212 or visit www.pdt-tech.com.

New Plano Ultra-Lite Bow Case Designed For Smaller Bows

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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Plano, IL (September 13, 2013) - Archers wanting to protect their equipment investments have looked to Plano® for durable, reliable and affordable solutions. As the leader in bow storage care, the company has built a new option designed specifically for smaller youth models or downsized adult styles of recurve and compound bows.

Plano’s new Ultra-Lite Bow Case, model 1108-00, was constructed with the same expertise and features found in their most popular full-size cases, including dense foam padding on the lid and base to secure the bow in place. Plano’s patented PillarLock system provides another level of strength with two strategically located crush-resistant support pillars.

The case has four yellow snap-on latches that provide tight and positive closure, and its molded handle affords comfort and carrying convenience.

The Ultra-Lite Bow Case’s exterior measures 40.625” x 14.125” x 3” and its inside dimensions measure 39.5” x 12.75” x 2.5”. The black case styled with yellow latches makes smaller bow storage look good.

For more information on the Ultra-Lite Bow Case and other Plano products made for hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts, visit www.planomolding.com.

Tenzing Carbon Fiber Pack System Carries The Load

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Plano, IL (September 9, 2013) - The Tenzing product line was born by engineers thinking outside of the box of what had always been the norm for hunting packs. For 2013 they are at it again, but this time thinking outside of the frame. Proof comes in the form of the new Tenzing TZ CF13 Carbon Fiber Frame System.

It only takes a quick glance to realize that the TZ CF13 is something special, and then the “WOW” really comes when the frame is picked up. The carbon fiber frame and suspension together weigh only 3 pounds, 8 ounces, yet have been designed to be the most comfortable wearing pack frame system on the market capable and expandable to carry whatever the hunter can imagine. But that’s what the TZ CF13 is all about … versatility. It can be used as a frame only, or as a more traditional hunting pack when fitted with the Tenzing custom components that are included with the system.

Tenzing’s frame is constructed with 100-percent carbon fiber; it contains no fiberglass fillers. During the manufacturing process, the frame is pre-impregnated with aerospace grade resin, externally pressurized, and then heat cured to solidify its construction. Based upon field-tested requirements, it is built with a quasi-isotropic, balanced layup of 2×2 twill weave carbon fiber. This ensures the ideal strength-to-weight ratio. After curing, the solid composite frame is extracted from the mold and then handcrafted and precision-machined to exacting specifications, with all processes occurring right here in the USA.

The frame’s form-fitting rigid shape and fully adjustable suspension system are all about wearer comfort and hauling big loads. It has been designed to flex with movement of the hips as you walk, yet remain extremely rigid allowing the load to stay secure and tight against the body.

The TZ CF13 offers so many loading options with its amazing suspension system that it’s virtually impossible to calculate a maximum cubic inches capacity by which most packs are measured. Included with the system is a top that comes off and can be used as a fanny pack. Also, the pack has wings on each side that wrap around a 24” x 11.5” x 7” bag. On the frame is a bottom Dyneema shelf. Located inside the Dyneema shelf is a hunter orange pullout for use as a safety feature when packing horns. For even more packing options, the pack has six horizontal compression straps – three on the frame and three on the wings – and two vertical compression straps on the bottom reservoir. Last but not least, there are two removable hip pockets.

The pack system’s innovative new ergonomic waist belt rides where it is supposed to and adjusts easily with pulls on both sides for centering the load when buckling up. Elastic cuffs keep the straps quiet and secure while the wearer is moving.

The entire TZ CF13 system comes with everything listed above, weighs just under 6 pounds altogether and has the capability to carry payloads of more than 300 pounds.

The Tenzing TZ CF13 frame color is light gray, and the pack is Loden Green.

For more information about the TZ CF13 and all Tenzing products, visit www.TenzingOutdoors.com.

NRA Life Of Duty – 9/11 Tribute

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

September 11, 2001 began like any other day for New York City firefighter John Norman. But when an urgent “all call” message shook his home answering machine, he raced into a day he would never forget … the day terror stuck the twin towers at the World Trade Center. Norman led the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the buildings’ collapse claimed the lives of most of the senior leadership above him. Struggling to control his personal grief to assume responsibility for the operation, Norman served his fellow citizens with honor.

Today we salute all of our selfless first responders who rushed into harm’s way twelve years, ago along with the brave men and women in uniform who have been fighting to defend our home security every since. May we never forget the lives lost that dark September morning and may we never forget the cost of freedom.

Watch John’s story here: nralifeofduty.tv/patriot-profiles/video/trial-by-fire-part-ii

Rock Island Armory Introduces Sleek New Look For Legendary 1911’s

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Pahrump, NV - Rock Island Armory, the world’s largest seller of 1911 pistols, has introduced a new look for their entire line of popular handguns. Guided by customer feedback and a shift to provide a more streamlined look, Rock Island Armory has moved their logo from the side of the slide to the back of the slide displaying the distinctive Rock Island Armory logo. The company is now shipping all 1911 pistols with the new look.

“Two of the things that are important to us are staying true to the legendary standard platform of the 1911 and the second is listening to our customers,” said Martin Tuason, President of Rock Island Armory. “We were ready to refresh the look of our pistols and we heard a lot of feedback that the subtle change to a smaller logo at the back of the slide would give our 1911’s a more distinctive and streamlined look.”

The new visual change to the company’s 1911 pistols follows on the heels of the addition of rubber grips to the 1911 Tactical Series. Rock Island Armory’s global lineup of 1911 pistols includes the GI, Tactical, 2011 Tactical, Match, MAP/MAPP and the company’s revolutionary TCM series.

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K-Var Announces SHOT Showoff Monthly Video Contest Series

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

(LAS VEGAS) – K-VAR Corp. will have a special guest at the industry’s upcoming and biggest gathering known as the SHOT Show, or Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show and convention. The guest selected will be one of the top winners from the company’s monthly “SHOT Showoff” video contest series announced today.

This new, ongoing contest follows the success of the company’s “What’s Your Story” video contest that just awarded gift card prizes for the best videos. Each month, from September through December, K-VAR will be awarding a $500, $300 and $100 company gift card for the respective 1st, 2nd and 3rd place video winners during the SHOT Showoff contest. The 1st place videos from each month will then go to a public vote to determine the best. The contestant behind the best winning video will become K-VAR’s SHOT Showoff and be invited to attend the convention.

This new contest runs in conjunction with K-VAR’s ongoing 20th year in business celebration allowing the company to create another avenue to more deeply connect with its most loyal customers. K-VAR will use the video submissions to both promote its current products and make changes to others based on customer preference.

The SHOT Showoff contest will give participants nearly full creative control in showcasing either a K-VAR or Arsenal, Inc product. Some suggestion ideas for video submissions may include, but are not limited to:

-Product Reviews
-First Impression of New Items
-2nd Amendment
-Self-Defense
-Prepper
-Competitive Shooting
-Hunting
-Comedy & Humor
-Arsenal vs. AR Platform

A list of official rules is posted on the K-VAR website at www.k-var.com. In addition to the three top monthly gift card prizes awarded, anyone who submits a video entry will be given a complementary Arsenal Inc. t-shirt bearing the company’s brand new slogan. Arsenal Inc. will announce the new slogan soon.

Plano Hunting – Parallel Limb Bow Case, Model 1144

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Plano, IL (September 5, 2013) – Today’s modern compound bows come in just about every size and shape imaginable, often making it as difficult to choose the right bow case to fit your new bow as it was to pick out the perfect bow itself. Solving the bow case dilemma is Plano, the longtime outdoor gear storage experts introducing the Plano Parallel Limb Bow Case, model 1144.

The new Plano case is rectangular and measures 43” x 17” x 9.5”, making it a good shape and size for conveniently storing in a variety of spaces ranging from a bedroom closet to the back of a vehicle. From there, features just continue to get even better.

Since Plano is the industry leader in plastic injection, you know the product is built to last in its USA manufacturing facility. And the case’s latches are of the cam-action type that close and secure the lid tightly, with two in the front and one on each side. A proven O-ring seal is located around the full perimeter of the case and resists water and dust entry.

With an interior depth of 7”, the case is deep enough to accommodate many bows with quivers and arrows. The bow is held in place by positioning the three nylon tie wraps included to any of a number of locations for securement.

The real flexibility of the model 1144 comes in the ability to position Plano’s patented crush-proof PillarLock system supports as needed to fit whatever bow is in the case. The peg-and-hole design of both the interior lid and bottom allows placement of the two movable pillars so that top and bottom pieces of each are seated together to form a rigid support structure upon closing the case. Dense pluck foam accommodates pillar placement.

Two other items also come with the case: a six-arrow holder that attaches to the inside of the lid, and a Plano model 1309 archery utility box that is ideal for carrying nocks, field points, string wax and other accessories inside the bow case.

The new Plano Parallel Limb Bow Case is stylish in its black construction with yellow latches and a yellow comfort-grip carrying handle.

www.planomolding.com/product.php?BCCID=116&PID=1282

20 Years Covering Combat – Goran Tomasevic

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

NASA Helicopter Drop Test

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Star Wars Starship Minimalist Posters

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

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Deviant Art member Thong Le AKA WeaponIX designed a series of minimalist informational starship posters featuring ships from the Star Wars universe.

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Suunto – Product Recall For High Pressure Rubber Hoses

Friday, August 30th, 2013

product-recall

A limited batch of the high pressure rubber hoses used with Suunto air integrated dive computers, dive computer combos and analog combos has unfortunately been identified to have defective hose material which may impact the durability of the hose. This defect may cause the high pressure rubber hose to leak or rupture leading to loss of breathing gas at higher than anticipated rate which may result in severe injury or death.

Identification of the affected high pressure rubber hoses:

-Black rubber outer covering on hose
-Marked with text 5000 PSIG PRESSURE TESTED – MADE IN USA
-Hose diameter approx 12,5 mm (1/2 inch) and length approx 84 cm (33 inch)
-Manufacturing batch code 1812 printed

This recall applies only to the specific 1812 batch of the high pressure rubber hoses.
Other high pressure rubber hoses are not impacted and need not to be replaced.

The following products may be affected:

Cobra, Cobra 3, SM-36 pressure gauge and gauge combos, as well as Vyper and Zoop when purchased as combo products. More information and a complete list of product codes can be found at www.suunto.com/recall.

To date, there have been no known injuries related to this issue. It is, however, mandatory that all affected products are returned for a hose change.

IF YOU HAVE BOUGHT A SUUNTO PRODUCT WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED HOSE AFTER 11/2012:

1. Investigate your product immediately.
2. If the hose of your product has the above mentioned code 1812 in it, use of the product is prohibited until the hose has been replaced.
3. Return the product to your nearest Suunto Dive Authorized Dealer or Suunto Authorized Service Center for a hose change at no cost. In US and EU countries you can also use Suunto Online Service Request (www.suunto.com/servicerequest) to get your product picked up for the hose change.

Suunto apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks you for your co-operation.

Point Blank Project

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Point Blank

The Point Blank Project is a ongoing photography series by Peter Andrew, Simon Duffy, and Derek Blais. The series shows photos of handguns from around the world in an extreme detail, portrait style.

www.pointblankproject.com/

Hat Tip: Feature Shoot

Hasbro Teams Up With Theodolite For NERF N-Strike Elite Tactical App

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Nerf Mission App

Williamsburg, Virginia – Hunter Research and Technology is pleased to announce it’s latest client app project, the Nerf Mission App, developed in partnership with Hasbro, Inc. The Nerf Mission App works with the new Nerf N-Strike Elite Tactical Rail Mount Accessory and turns an N-Strike Elite blaster into a full battle cam with heads up display, compass, inclinometer, and rangefinder. The app lets users record photos and videos, track their arsenal, learn about hand signals used to communicate with a squad, and plan out different missions for multiplayer Nerf battles.

The Nerf Mission App is based on the Theodolite Augmented Reality Navigation app developed by Hunter Research and Technology. This game-changing app defined a new standard for augmented reality navigation when it debuted in 2009, and has been a #1 selling navigation app in iTunes stores around the world. Theodolite works as a heads up display with compass, GPS, map, zoom photo/movie camera, rangefinder, tracker, and two-axis inclinometer. Uses are endless, and Theodolite is great for outdoor sports, hiking, boating, hunting, golf, sightseeing, photography, home projects, and navigation. The app has professional grade features for advanced measurement, observation, and data acquisition, and is used in the field on the job every day by military personnel, first responders, search and rescue workers, surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, and competitive sportsmen around the world.

Theodolite lets users take geo-stamped camera images, screenshots, movies, and HUD-based screen movies directly from the app. The app includes features like a navigation calculator, map with live markers, team tracking, data logging, KML export, percent grade display, mil compass readout, optical rangefinders (including a mil-based reticle and sniper-style stadiametric graphs), and colored lens filters to improve use in dark conditions and preserve night vision. Theodolite supports over a dozen position formats, and offers an optional World Geodetic Datum Pack with over 220 geodetic datums covering regions and countries on all continents around the world.

“We’re pleased to take Theodolite’s powerful augmented reality technology in a fun and exciting new direction,” said Dr. Craig Hunter, principal and lead developer at Hunter Research and Technology. “Theodolite has a strong customer base of professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and high-tech gadget nerds, and the Nerf Mission App brings a whole new group of more playful and younger users into the fold.”

The Nerf Mission App is available for free from the iTunes App Store, and works with most iPhone and iPod touch devices running iOS 5.0 or later (iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5 are supported, as well as 4th- and 5th-generation iPod touch). The Nerf N-Strike Elite Tactical Rail Mount Accessory is for ages 8 and up, and sold separately. See www.nerf.com for more information and a list of retailers.

Theodolite and Theodolite HD are available on the iTunes App Store for a 20%-off summer sale price of $3.99 USD. Theodolite runs on any camera-equipped iPhone or iPod touch. Theodolite HD runs on any camera-equipped iPad or iPad Mini. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website at www.hrtapps.com/theodolite.

Links:

Nerf Mission App on iTunes

Theodolite 3.2 on iTunes (iPhone and iPod touch)


Theodolite HD 3.2 on iTunes (iPad and iPad mini)

Hunter Research and Technology is run by Dr. Craig Hunter, a practicing engineer with over 20 years of experience in engineering and software development. Dr. Hunter received the 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award and a 2004 Apple Design Award (Best Scientific Computing Solution on Mac OS X) for his work in software development. He founded Hunter Research and Technology in 2008 to create innovative apps that leverage the advanced hardware and software capabilities of iOS devices and Macs. The company has numerous apps available on the iTunes App Store, and develops apps for a range of clients worldwide. Copyright (C) 2013 Hunter Research and Technology. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, iTunes, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and iPad mini are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nerf, N-Strike Elite, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc.

ShelterBox

Monday, August 12th, 2013

ShelterBox

ShelterBox is a charitable organization that offers proper shelter and other essential items to disaster stricken areas. Each ShelterBox shelter kit comes with a rugged dome tent modeled after a typical African bush hut, which comes with built-in mosquito screens, integral groundsheets, good ventilation, and internal privacy screens; thermal blankets are also included in the kit. A wood-burning or multi-fuel stove, pans, utensils, mugs, water storage containers, and water purification equipment are a part of the kit, as is a basic tool kit with items such as a hammer, ax, saw, hoe head, rope, pliers, and wire cutters. Finally, ShelterBox also provides children’s packs containing drawing books, crayons, and pens.

www.shelterboxusa.org/

The Bounty Hunter Code: From The Files Of Boba Fett

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Seems to be missing a chapter on how not to fall into a Sarlacc pit

The Bounty Hunter Code: From The Files of Boba Fett is an in-universe manual that describes the aspects of being a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe. Included with the deluxe edition is the 48-page memoirs of Cradossk, former head of the Bounty Hunters Guild, a Kamino saberdart, Boba’s own captain’s license and arms permit, Slave I’s official operating license, a Han Solo Imperial wanted poster, and an inventory slip from the Rebel Alliance forces who discovered and seized the property. As a neat feature, the case is interactive and requires button presses and the insertion of a data card to access the book within.

You can pre-order from Amazon.com here.