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Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

We made it through another year. Here’s to 2018!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 25th, 2017

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Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Enjoy the holiday.

Bob Hope’s Long Forgotten Corona Recording to Play Dec. 23

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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Bob Hope’s Long Forgotten Corona Recording to Play Dec. 23

By Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Public Affairs

NORCO, Calif. – “Thank you very much. How do you do, ladies and gentlemen? This is Bob ‘Broadcasting from the Naval Hospital at Corona, California’ Hope.”

And with that, on Dec. 23, 1947, Bob Hope and Les Brown and his Band of Renown began to entertain hospital staff, guests from the community and Hope’s target audience, the patients – Sailors and Marines – many still recovering from World War II. Hope and his cast entertained with a half-hour of jokes, jibes and rapid-fire banter during his popular NBC radio show, broadcast from the auditorium in the Naval Hospital, the former luxury Norconian Resort Hotel where Hope vacationed years earlier.

And thanks to a decade-long search, the public will get to hear the entertaining show on the 70th anniversary of its first broadcast when the Navy will stream it live on Facebook, Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. – its original broadcast time on the West Coast. It also features announcer Wendell Niles, Vera Vague, Jerry Colonna and singer Frances Langford.

Some priceless samplings include a classic Hope wisecrack: “It’s good to be here tonight. Of course, this is a little new to me. It’s the first time I’ve ever been in the hospital before a broadcast.” With his impeccable timing, Hope continued: “And this hospital is located in such rugged country, you have to get well before you can come here.”

Following a hilarious monologue, Hope and Langford perform a skit where they venture to nearby Ontario for some Christmas shopping. The show closes with a touching rendition of “Silent Night” and a sign off of Hope thanking Corona for hosting him and the many veterans at Corona and around the country who fought in World War II, giving us “stockings filled with freedom.”

The historic recording is part of Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona’s capstone celebration for the Navy’s 75th anniversary in the Inland Empire. When it goes live on Facebook, facebook.com/NAVSEACorona, it is likely the first time the show will have been broadcast since it originally aired on the NBC Radio Network in 1947.

Hope was familiar with California’s Inland region, making his first USO show May 6, 1941, at March Field in nearby Riverside, now March Air Reserve Base. March’s program was Hope’s first remote broadcast and paved the road for Corona’s performance years later.

Based on these appearances and prior visits to the Norconian, the warfare center’s public affairs director and historian, Troy Clarke, said he has been trying to obtain evidence for the past 10 years that Bob Hope came to the Navy base when it was a hospital.

“I always suspected it, but not until 2010 were we able to obtain a photo of Bob Hope from the USO that identified the location as Corona,” Clarke said.

Clarke and command archivist, Aida Cuevas, continued to dig. Cuevas found proof of the Corona show in the extensive Library of Congress collection of Hope’s body of work.

After more than a year, Clarke and Cuevas finally received NBC’s permission to obtain a digitized version of the original lacquer-disc recordings. Clarke said he’s been working for months to play the recording publicly on its 70th anniversary and the final permissions from NBC and the Bob Hope estate Dec. 20.

Cuevas discovered Hope performed three other shows around Southern California that December of ’47, including a Dec. 9 appearance at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a Dec. 16 show at the Fox Theater in Pomona. On Dec. 30, Hope broadcast his show from Pasadena City College featuring the coaches of the Rose Bowl football teams.

Among these programs, Clarke says research of the Nielson Radio Index indicates Hope moved from a sixth-rated show in average audiences to second in popularity after the Corona broadcast – seemingly his highest rated show of December 1947.

On Christmas Eve, the Corona Daily Independent published its account of the show and reported the auditorium was packed to capacity, with Sailors and Marines confined to wheelchairs being placed in “favored” spots before the stage. The paper wrote that once the show completed the weekly broadcast at 7:30 p.m., Hope continued the show for nearly an hour, telling commanding medical officer Capt. J.W. Vann – whom he said he recalls seeing overseas – that he’d like to make another broadcast from the hospital soon. The paper reported that the versatile Hope also performed several soft-shoe and tap dance numbers.

At the conclusion of the Navy’s 75th year in the region, Dec. 15, Clarke played excerpts for the warfare center workforce in the command auditorium where Hope may have visited patients when he returned for later, non-broadcast show in 1952. The auditorium was the theater for the hospital’s tuberculosis ward that opened in 1943 and now houses workspace for the Navy’s current science and engineering mission on the property.

The discovery of the Hope broadcast adds to the Navy’s rich legacy in the Inland Empire. In the months and days preceding the Dec. 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy had been investigating buying the Norconian Resort to use as a hospital. Days before the attack, the Navy’s medical team conducted its final evaluation, and within hours of the attack, Capt. Frederick Conklin arrived at the hotel to advise its owner, Rex Clark, that the Navy was taking over the property. By direction from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Navy acquired the property and officially designated it Corona Naval Hospital Dec. 16, 1941 Conklin would later present Lt. John F. Kennedy with the Navy-Marine Corps medal for heroism during World War II.

Among Corona Naval Hospital’s first patients were Pearl Harbor survivors – one of whom, Donald Stratton, recently told his story aboard USS Arizona in the New York Times-bestselling book, All the Gallant Men. Another was James Leavelle – who later became the Dallas homicide detective who interrogated President Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, to whom he was later handcuffed when Jack Ruby shot Oswald.

Corona Naval Hospital housed an extensive medical staff throughout the war, providing medical treatment for some 5,000 patients at its peak. As treatment concluded following World War II, it closed in 1951, reopened to support the Korean War, and finally closed in 1957.

The science and engineering mission that began for guided missiles in 1951 continues today at its original site and, along with new state-of-the-art facilities, has developed into the Navy’s premiere independent assessment and analysis agent that help warfighter’s train, fight and win. Headquartered in Norco, the warfare center has some 3,200 military, civilian and support contractors around the country.

LA Police Gear – Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Monday, December 18th, 2017

‘Tis the Season once again, and LA Police Gear has the ugly Christmas sweater covered, with a ‘tactical’ twist. This particular sweater, titled ‘Zombie Christmas’, depicts St. Nick slaughtering the zombie elf horde, although other designs such as ‘Oh Deer’ and ‘Santa Droppin’ Bombs’ is also available.

The sweaters are made of 100% acrylic material, and come in sizes S-XL, when available.

www.lapolicegear.com/lapg-christmas-sweaters

SPARTANAT – Do It With Style: MultiCam Bow Tie

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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Danish, you have to melt on your tongue: Taktisk Butterfly og Lommetørklæde fra Tardigrade Tactical. This means “Tactical black bow tie and matching handkerchief from Tardigrade Tactical”. Great idea, so you can also send a small tactical signal during the opera visit in a tuxedo. Or in civilian professional life. Ideally you have to wear it in front of the Christmas tree. Extremely tacticool! HERE are black bow tie and handkerchief to have: inf-wear.dk/da/gaveideer-og-gavekort/3407-tardigrade-tactical-tacticool-bow-tie

TARDIGRADE TACTICAL im Internet: www.tardigradetactical.dk
INF WEAR im Internet: inf-wear.dk
SPARTANAT. www.spartanat.com

This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

Black Rifle Coffee Company Introduces Instant Coffee

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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BRCC’s new Instant Sticks allow you to take your favorite coffee anywhere. These pouches of instant coffee are a robust blend of Colombian and Asian coffee with a full body flavor, a touch of acidity, and a smooth finish. Mix with 5-8 oz of hot water and stir for kickass coffee in seconds!

www.blackriflecoffee.com/products/instant-stick

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Spice up your Christmas tree this year with all your favorite morale patches! The ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers are double-sided loop hangers that allow you to display all your hook-backed morale patches alongside your standard ornaments.
Available in a set of three, the ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers feature a 2” round circle, a 3” wide x 2” tall rectangle and a custom 2.5” wide x 3.5” ITS Shield shape. Each set also includes three 8” strips of black polyester ribbon to hang each of them in your tree! (they’ll also accept standard ornament hanger hooks)

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Features:
• Double-Sided Loop Shapes with Embroidered Borders
• Each Set Includes One Each of the Round, Rectangular and ITS Shield Shape
• Three 8” Strips of Black Polyester Ribbon Included for Hanging (or use your own standard hooks)

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store.itstactical.com/its-morale-patch-ornament-hangers

BFG Stockings “Tactical Santa Socks”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

These Berry compliant stockings are made from genuine 500D CORDURA. Each is approximately 15″ long and 5.5″ in diameter. erfect amount of stocking stuffers including a Vickers Sling in and still hang securely by the sewn external loop. The top is made of 1.5″ loop field for morale patches because if it didn’t have patches – these would just be “Santa Socks”.

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The BFG Stocking is available in two colors – Multicam with Sand loop field at the top or Coyote Brown with the rare ATAC-S Arid loop field.

Supplies are extremely limited – these are the last of the BFG Stockings!

www.blueforcegear.com/bfg-stockings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Did you have a good Turkey day? Tell us about it in the comment section. Oh, and enjoy this completely unrelated clip from the greatest gangster movie never made:

30 Sec Out – Doing>Talking Necktie

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Thirty Seconds Out is now doing a line of ties, starting with a tie featuring their ‘Doing>Talking’ design. The tie is made of 100% silk, Navy Blue in color with Silver text. This is a limited run, so grab one quick if you’re interested.

thirtysecondsout.com/products/necktie-doing-talking

Bullets2Bandages – Six Shooter Shot Glass

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A few years back, Bullets2Bandages, a San Diego-based Veteran-owned small business, hosted a campaign for Six Shooter Shot Glasses, modeled after the cylinder from a Colt revolver. It seems they were successful, because they’re currently selling the item on their Etsy page. The glasses are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, and comply with U.S. 21 CFR F.D.A. Reg Part 175.300 clause C1/C2/C3/C4, meaning according to the Government they’re safe to drink from. Additionally, they can be custom laser-engraved, for an extra touch of personalization.

www.etsy.com/listing/266604275/pair-of-six-shooter-shot-glasses

Bullets2Bandages is a Veteran-owned small business located in San Diego, CA, founded in 2011 by two former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal divers. They produce accessories and apparel that aim to honor those who have served the USA. B2B hires veterans, manufactures locally, and donates 15% of profits to veteran charities.

www.bullets2bandages.org/

Violent Little Machine Shop – “Welcome To The Friendzone” Greeting Card

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Violent Little Machine Shop is known for their wide variety of morale patches, and related materials, so making a greeting card welcoming people to the friendzone a bit counter-intuitive; that could be considered… anti-morale, don’t you think? Regardless, it’s tongue-in-cheek like almost everything else VLMS, so get one for a friend or family member who just can’t spit out an anguished declaration of love, or maybe even an unwanted admirer. Really drop the hint on ’em.

www.violentlittle.com/products/welcome-to-the-friend-zone-greeting-card

Happy 4th Of July

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Enjoy your Independence Day and all the beach trips, backyard barbecues, and fireworks that come with it, but don’t forget what the day celebrates: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress; 241 years ago today. Of course the 4th also represents the denouncement of a lack of freedom and the practice of tyrannical oppression. In a remarkable coincidence, this day also marks the deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the year 1826. A little history lesson for you all.

Lucky Shot – 30MM A-10 Warthog REAL BULLET Cannon Round Bar Set

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Lucky Shot’s A-10 Warthog bar set consists of a 30mm Gau-8 shell turned flask, along with a set of 3 aluminum shot glasses made from A-10 shell casings. The company also offers custom engraving, so if you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, this isn’t a bad option.

luckyshotusa.com/products/30mm-a-10-warthog-cannon-round-bar-set-with-flask-and-3-shot-glasses

Introducing Violent Little Greeting Cards

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Somewhere in the mountains of Ketchum, Idaho, Violent Little Machine Shop is kind of pleased to announce their new business line: Violent Little Greeting Cards, which will be geared towards the military, tactical, and general scallywag communities. Finally, there are cards for the relationships you always wanted but could just never muster up the courage to develop on your own. We’ll help you get there…

The initial line consists of 13 painstakingly-designed cards to suit a variety of scenarios. All are printed in the United States of America on tastefully thick 14 pt. premium paper that just wants to caress the ink into a masterpiece of bullshit. Newly dubbed CEO, Oscar Sanchez, was excited about the new line: “I’m really not too sure about this new card thing. Honestly, it’s been kind of tough to get on board with the “vision”, but I’ve also got a boss… so it’s not like I’ve got a choice in the matter. I’ll push what he tells me to push.” He added, “I guess my head’s on the chopping block… I feel like I’m kind of in a “no win” situation, but oh well. I’ll start polishing up my resume. Anybody know if Black Rifle Coffee is hiring? I hear Stratton Oakmont has some good benefits.”

Violent Little Greeting Cards are the perfect way to tell your best friend to “fuck off”, make Mom feel kind of special on her special day, or just as a general “hello” to that fake friend you haven’t talked to since High School graduation that wrote “Seniors are the Best” in your yearbook and then you bumped into him at the Chik-fil-A he was assistant-managing and you felt guilty because you’re now a big time boss-hawg.

To order, go to violentlittle.com. Notes of “well wishes” can be sent to info@violentlittle.com.

This post was originally featured on SSD.

Gun Websites – Old West Guns – Playing Card Deck

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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Gun Websites has started a Kickstarter campaign for a deck of Old West Guns playing cards. Like the previous AK Playing Card Deck, the deck will feature various weapons from the ‘Old West’ era – period rifles, shotguns, revolvers, etc. Each card features a full color image, along with dates of production and additional info, such as the inventor, weapon’s nickname, barrel length, a life-size image of the ammunition the weapon was chambered for, and more. The classification of weapons will be separated via suits, which of course means these cards can also be used as a standard playing deck.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/gunwebsites/old-west-guns-playing-card-deck

Soldier Systems Daily – MAWL-MAN Is Real

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

BE Meyers is exhibiting this life-sized version of MAWL Man.  

Link to the original post.

NRAAM 2017 – BAR Floor Lamp

Monday, May 1st, 2017

This post was originally published on Soldier Systems Daily.


If you are looking for the ultimate accessory for your man cave or office, this BAR Floor Lamp I spotted in the Ohio Ordnance booth is just what you need.


These limited edition lamps are just five of a run of 10 and each one is serialized “x of 10.” They are really cool. The Trigger actually functions as the on/off switch and includes working sights/safety/mag release/bipod. The Barrels are 1944 dated and the base is fashioned into the Ohio Ordnance logo. Finally, this piece of art is signature engraved.


Brace yourself. The cost is $6500, but they are manufactured from actual BAR parts and not plastic lookalikes.

If you are interested, email RLandies@oowinc.com.

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

Thursday, 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

KitFox Design Group Firearm Coloring Book

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

From the KitFox Design Group comes this detailed, adult coloring book featuring your favorite firearms.

The book features 27 pages of illustrations and it was obviously a labor of love.

Available from a variety of sellers, we found it at www.noveske.com/collections/extras/products/kit-fox-firearms-coloring-boox.

Original published on SSD.

Someone Trademarked The Term “Morale Patch”- Help Stop Them

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Yesterday, Morale Patch Armory announced they had received a trademark for the term “Morale Patch” and immediately set about having morale patch collector groups shut down on social media. Obviously, the term existed long before these guys came along. I’m all for respecting IP, but if you didn’t create it, you shouldn’t claim it.

Consequently, some folks have banded together to appeal the trademark issue to the USPTO. Naturally, this will take lawyers, and lawyers take cash. They’ve started a gofundme page and raised over $8000 in the first hour. Consider, throwing a few bucks in, in order to stand up to this outrageous act, designed to curtail innovation and trade.

www.gofundme.com/morale-patch-trademark-defense

RE Factor Tactical – Limited Edition ‘Send Nudes’ T-Shirt

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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At first, RE Factor Tactical’s ‘Send Nudes’ t-shirt appears to feature an unassuming design of a multitude of modern small arms bunched up on an American Apparel 50/50 PolyCotton blend shirt. However, if you match up the grenades on the corners of the design, well…

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The ‘Send Nudes’ tee is currently up for pre-order, and will begin shipping March 15th.

www.refactortactical.com/shop/limited-edition-send-nudes

Bravo Company USA’s Homage To John Wick

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Throughout the week, Bravo Company USA has been releasing photography inspired by ‘John Wick’, in celebration of the upcoming sequel.

You can see the rest of the photos on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BravoCompanyUSA

Rogue Dynamics – Baseball Cards Shirt

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

“Our Baseball Cards Are The Best”

If you collect baseball cards, you want to get them all. Show everyone your passion with this fun shirt from Rogue Dynamics.

www.roguedynamics.com/apparel/baseball-card