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5.11 LAUNCHES 5.11 ABR ACADEMY AT COMPANY-OWNED RETAIL STORES

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Irvine, Calif. (March 12, 2019) – Global leader in innovative tactical apparel, footwear and gear, 5.11 Tactical, is officially launching a program of instructional classes hosted at its 45 company-owned retail stores throughout the U.S. The 5.11 ABR (Always Be Ready) Academy events are free to the public and will be held monthly at different company-owned retail locations nationwide. The 5.11 ABR Academy shows 5.11’s commitment to the 5.11 Always Be Ready mentality extending beyond just a customer’s apparel, footwear and gear.

“One of the main focuses of 5.11’s company-owned retail expansion plan is to make 5.11 stores experiential retail destinations,” said 5.11’s Senior Vice President of Retail, Jeff Roberts. “We will provide our consumers with not only the gear they need to be ready – but also practical experiences to help them be prepared too.” Roberts continues, “Our 5.11 ABR Academy program will transform our stores into more than just a point of sale – they’ll serve as the interactive consumer destinations we always intended for our stores to be.”

The clinics themselves will provide attendees with lessons in readiness skills within five main areas of training: trauma care, self-defense, everyday/concealed carry, fitness and outdoor adventure. Each class will be hosted by certified experts in each field and provide consumers with first-hand learning and guidance in these areas of practice. The 5.11 ABR Academy mission is to empower the community to “Always Be Ready.”

To learn more about 5.11’s ABR Academy and see a list of events nationwide, please visit: www.511tactical.com/ABRAcademy

For more information on 5.11, its product offerings or in-store events, please contact: pr@511tactical.com.

About 5.11 Tactical
With offices around the globe, 5.11 works directly with end users to create purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear designed specifically to enhance the safety, accuracy, speed, and performance of tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. 5.11 products exceed rigorous standards, which have allowed the brand to establish a reputation for innovation and authenticity, and become the premier choice for those who always have to be ready. 5.11 products can be purchased online, through authorized dealers and retailers, as well as at 5.11 company-owned retail stores.

Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling tactical gear and accessories at www.511tactical.com. Find a full list of 5.11 company-owned retail stores at https://www.511tactical.com/locations/. Connect with 5.11 on Facebook, Twitter @511Tactical and on Instagram @511Tactical and #511tactical

REMINGTON CUTLERY RELEASES NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Post Falls, ID–3/5/2019 –Remington Cutlery introduced its second group of products under the official license of Buck Knives, Inc. at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

Bullet Knives – Limited Edition
The first Bullet knife was introduced in 1922. Many variations of this legendary knife have been created since that time. The Limited Edition MOA Bullet knife and the MOA Bullet knife are the 2019 editions, with limited quantities. The Limited Edition MOA Bullet knife features a drop point, 420HC stainless steel blade with an Ivory Paper Micarta® handle detailed with a custom sterling silver bullet medallion. The MOA Bullet knife also has a 420HC steel blade and is accented with a green DymaLux® wood handle and nickel silver bullet shield. Each Bullet knife in this series is proudly made in the USA.
MSRP: $175-$275

Heritage Series
New additions to the Heritage Series include three folding pocket knives resembling the Stockman, Trapper, and Toothpick customer favorites. Each knife is constructed of 420J2 stainless steel and a beautiful wood handle with the Remington logo. MSRP: $20-$30

Sportsman Series
Realtree EDGE™ camo is now a handle option for the popular fixed and folding versions in the Sportsman Series. This series, consisting of small and large folders and fixed blades, features 420J2 stainless steel and nylon or thermoplastic rubber handles. Sportsman Shears have also been added to the line-up, featuring green thermoplastic rubber handles and 420J2 stainless steel. MSRP: $19-$37

Tactical Series
With a focus on strength and durability, this series now includes tiger stripe camo framelock knife with partially serrated tanto blade and a Black Oxide coated stainless steel clip. This series also features new assisted opening drop points available with anodized aluminum or polypropylene/thermoplastic handles. MSRP: $28-$35

Everyday Carry
Two folders have been added to the everyday category of lightweight, easy carry knives. Both knives feature 420J2 stainless steel and a convenient satin finish stainless steel clip. MSRP: $26-$27

All Remington products are backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

Two veterans launch GunLamps on Kickstarter | Badass lamps for badass people

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Los Angeles, March 2019 – GunLamps has launched on Kickstarter with a modest $10,000 funding goal. GunLamps was co-founded by a US Marine Corps veteran and a British Army veteran, who met in California in 2012, became best friends, and business partners. What started as a simple gift idea, from one gun-lover to another, has developed into an exciting business endeavor with uncapped potential. We’re launching this Kickstarter campaign to fund initial production and jump-start the business Sebastian Calvo, one of the co-founders said.

Sebastian “Seabass” Calvo served 7 years in the US Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer Officer, deploying to both Afghanistan and Iraq. He left the military in 2018 to pursue his Masters in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Geraint “Gez” Jones served 12 years as an infantryman in the British Army. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Gez has written several of his own books and has co-authored with James Patterson. He is a New York and Sunday Times best selling author.

Our goal:
We’re aiming to reach a goal of $10,000 Geraint Jones said and we’re also looking for a $25,000 investment for 10% of the business. Since our founding, we have screened multiple manufacturing facilities and tested countless prototypes, and we have arrived at a quality we feel is worthy of stamp of approval as military veterans. We are now ready to start stocking inventory and fulfilling orders, and monetary support through investors or on our Kickstarter will help get that started.

Our mission:

To design and manufacture stylish, high-quality, and affordable products for gun-lovers across the country, helping them effortlessly decorate their homes, offices, or man caves (preferably all three).

Our products:

Choose between our unique .44 Magnum or 1911 paper towel dispensers, and our exclusive GunLamps product line, such as the M4 or RPG. We have several color finishes to choose from including a black ops collection, and all of our products come with free shipping anywhere in the continental US.

GunLamps web: www.GunLamps.co
GunLamps Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2T390Zz
GunLamps Instagram: @gunlamps
Contact: hello@gunlamps.co

DPX GEAR INTRODUCES THE LIGHTER, SMALLER, STRONGER AMERICAN-MADE EDC – THE DPX HEST/F URBAN G10 IN OD GREEN

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

San Diego, CA – March, 1, 2019 – DPx Gear has released its new classic folder; the smaller, stronger, American made HEST/F Urban G10 in OD Green. The Urban reduces size and weight, compared to its larger, Italian-made bigger brother HEST/F 2.0, while increasing strength. That’s not something you hear much these days.

Designed by Robert Young Pelton for DPx Gear and made by Southern Grind in Atlanta, GA, the DPx HEST/F Urban is the last pocket knife you’ll need for every day carry. Small, light and feature-packed, it’s just as at home in your jeans as it is in the tackle box. An heirloom quality piece of US craftsmanship that can be passed down generations with the support of a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty that DPx Gear customers deserve.

Designer Robert Young Pelton is not just known for surviving wars, he is also an award winning designer, having earned recognition for his knife designs and has secured over a dozen patents licensed to DPx Gear.

When Pelton was challenged with creating a smaller EDC version of the legendary hard use DPx HEST/F 2.0, the results were impressive. The HEST 2.0 features a thicker (.19″ vs the Urban’s .16″ thickness), longer (the 2.0 is 3.15” long vs the Urban’s 2.9”) blade but shares the same frame thickness with its smaller brother, the Urban. Weight has been reduced by an ounce and half (4.9 oz vs 3.55 oz) yet the usable blade edge is only about a quarter on an inch less.

The Urban G10 materials make familiar and liberal use of DPx hallmarks like Grade 5 Ti-6Al-4V alpha-beta titanium alloy for the lock bar frame side.

To lighten the G10 version we use the rough grip phenolic epoxy resin to make a lighter, smaller but actually tougher when thicknesses to length is tested.

In keeping with only using American-made materials, the blade steel is CPM 154. Crucible Particle Metallurgy makes steels specifically for hard use knives. CPM 154 is a powdered steel compacted into shape, creating a perfect mixture made up of extremely fine particles. This gives the final DPx steel a flawless finish with better corrosion resistance and edge retention.

The finish of a DPx Gear knife is flawless. The Urban G10 in Olive Drab features a rough finish G10 frame side and a stone washed raw Ti side. The hardware is 440 Stainless and the high sabre grind blade is our new Ghost Grey matte finish PVD.

A made in America, hard use EDC folding knife that looks good, feels greats and lasts a lifetime.

Product Specifications

MSRP: $350
SKU: DPHSF060
Blade Length: 2.9” / 73.66 mm
Blade Steel: CPM 154
Blade Thickness: 0.16” / 4.06 mm
Blade Finish: Ghost Grey matte PVD
Overall Length: 6.7” / 170.18 mm
Closed Length: 4.33” / 110 mm
Handle: Stonewashed 6Al4v Titanium and G10
Patents: www.dpxgear.com/patents

dpxgear.com/collections/folding-knives/products/dpx-hest-f-urban-g10-od-green

XTech Tactical Joins Front Lines with Commufornia Special

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

February 28th, 2019 – Mesa, AZ
XTech Tactical, a rapidly growing innovative firearms accessory manufacture, is now shipping its MAG47 10/30 (MSRP $29.95) as its introduction of the “Commufornia Special” magazine line. The MAG47, which has widely been established as the greatest US Made AK Magazine, is now available for those in states that currently do not permit standard capacity magazines.

The MAG47 10/30, just like the MAG47 features:

-Stainless steel reinforced feed lips and locking lugs
-Stainless steel spring
-Tool free disassembly and reassembly
-Industry leading polymer
-Waffle and tread pattern to ease in extraction and insertion
-Counts as 3 922r components
-MADE IN USA

The MAG47 10/30 will not function if its blocker is removed due to its reduced spring, and the magazine is only marked as a 10-round magazine. Rebuild kits will be available from the company should users relocate to free states or their local laws change to permit standard capacity magazines.

The company will donate $1 per “Commufornia Special” magazine from its website for the life of the “Commufornia Special” line. This donation will go towards efforts that protect the inherent Constitutional rights of all Americans. XTech Tactical has selected Gun Owners of America (GOA) as the recipient of this donation. The magazines will also ship with a $5 off annual membership offer to Gun Owners of America.

“XTech Tactical has historically chosen to not consider producing any state compliant products. Our rational has been that such products quiet those in restrictive states. We hope that the message of the “Commufornia Special” line will unify, educate, and assist those in restrictive states to fight for the rights of all Americans. This is our way of joining the front line of the fight! We are excited to work with the team at Gun Owners of America and encourage other manufactures to consider similar partnerships with organizations fighting to retain our rights”, stated Jeremy Deadman, XTech Tactical’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Dealers can contact dealers@xtechtactical.com or contact Zanders Sporting Goods.

For more information on XTech Tactical please visit www.xtechtactical.com

Navy Returns to Flying Union Jack

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

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NORFOLK (Feb. 19, 2019) Quartermaster 2nd Class Taylor Miller, from Kent, Ohio, unfurls the union jack on the jack staff of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is undergoing a planned incremental availability during the maintenance phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaleb Sarten/Released)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy released a NAVADMIN 039/19 directing the display of the Union Jack in lieu of the First Navy Jack aboard Navy ships and craft, Feb 21.

U.S. Navy ships and craft will return to flying the Union Jack effective 4 June 2019. The date for reintroduction of the Union Jack commemorates the greatest naval battle in history: the Battle of Midway, which began on 4 June 1942.

“Make no mistake: we have entered a new era of competition. We must recommit to the core attributes that made us successful at Midway: integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. “For more than 240 years, the Union Jack, flying proudly from jackstaffs aboard U.S. Navy warships, has symbolized these strengths.”

The Union Jack is a flag consisting of 50 white stars, representing each of the 50 states, on a blue background. A version of this Jack first flew in 1777 and was updated as new states joined the Union.

“The Union Jack is deeply connected to our heritage and our rise as a global nation with a global Navy,” said Richardson. “The Navy is a symbol that projects American values to the world. Just as the Navy embodies the values and principles that we hold dear, our very appearance in port and at anchor communicates important messages.”

The Navy will re-establish the custom in which the commissioned ship in active status having the longest total period in active status, other than USS Constitution, will display the First Navy Jack until decommissioned or transferred to inactive status. As of 4 June 2019, the only warship authorized to fly the First Navy Jack is USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

This policy change does not affect the wearing of the First Navy Jack patch as an optional uniform component on TYPE II/III Navy Working Uniforms.

Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook or twitter.

For more news from Chief of Naval Operations, visit www.navy.mil/local/cno/.

Brownells Becomes Title Sponsor for The 2019 Tactical Games

Friday, February 8th, 2019

GRINNELL, Iowa (February 6, 2019) – Brownells is proud to announce its 2019 title sponsorship of The Tactical Games, a series of exciting “battles” designed to test America’s best warrior-athletes in a combination of two-gun shooting and military-style training, with elements of both Strongman and CrossFit® competitions mixed in.

The first two installments of The Tactical Games 2019 schedule are set for February 23 and 24 at the Merdian Public Safety Training Facility in Meridian, Mississippi, and Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas, on March 16 and 17. More 2019 dates will be announced soon.

Former U.S. Army Green Beret Tim Burke co-founded The Tactical Games, bringing to bear his more than 21 years of experience in U.S. Special Operations as well as his career as the head of a law enforcement counter-terrorism unit.

“The Tactical Games provide an immediate, no-nonsense metric that either validates or challenges your training methods and conclusions.  It is the only sporting event of its type available for open enrollment,” said Burke. “If you work with or carry a gun for any reason, why wouldn’t you compete at The Tactical Games?”

Among athletes scheduled to compete this year are John “Tig” Tiegen who helped defend the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Tes Salb, well-known NRA editor, pistol instructor and pentathlete.  

Both men and women are welcome to compete in The Tactical Games. Mens’ classes are broken down into Elite, Intermediate (based on PT scores) and Master (45 years of age and older). Currently, all women, regardless of age or PT score, compete in the women’s division.

Participants do not need to have a military or law enforcement background to enter, but should be in good physical condition and have a reasonable familiarity with firearms. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.thetacticalgames.com.

UMAREX Expands Official License with Smith & Wesson

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

FORT SMITH, Ark., (January 22nd, 2019) – UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG (UMAREX), headquartered in Germany, expands Smith & Wesson® licensed replica offerings with the addition of airsoft and paintball categories. UMAREX® has been Smith & Wesson’s license partner for BB and pellet guns since 1996.

Eyck Pflaumer, managing partner of UMAREX, stated, “We are very excited to further expand our license relationship with Smith & Wesson into the airsoft and paintball category. The Smith & Wesson brand is an iconic brand enjoying worldwide reputation. We are proud and honored to be Smith & Wesson’s partner since 1996. As the leading manufacturer and provider of replica airguns, we will give the new Smith & Wesson airsoft and paintball lines our utmost attention to please enthusiasts worldwide.”

The Elite Force Airsoft and Training 4 Engagement sales teams of Umarex USA will display 6mm airsoft and .43 caliber paintball models at the 2019 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in booth number 15062 and booth 20112 in the law enforcement section.

Cliff Eisenbarger, National Sales Manager for Umarex USA’s Elite Force airsoft division said, “Our quality, consistency, and service has set airsoft industry standards to a whole new level and with the addition of Smith & Wesson to our strong assortment of licensed brands, we will continue to dominate the replica airsoft gaming market in six millimeter.”

About UMAREX
The UMAREX Corporate Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter firearm replicas and the largest importer of airguns in Europe. Its range of products comprises guns for defense and leisure time as well as sporting arms, airsoft guns, steel goods and top quality LED lighting devices. Founded in 1972, the company located in Arnsberg is now run by the second generation of the two founding families. An Austrian subsidiary with headquarters in Niederndorf and the company, Umarex USA, based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, also belong to the Corporate Group. Together they maintain the group’s global presence through an extensive network of distribution partners. For more information about UMAREX Corporate Group visit UMAREX.com.

About UMAREX USA
Umarex USA, Incorporated is one of North America’s fastest growing outdoor sport and recreation companies. Umarex USA innovates, develops and markets products under brands owned or licensed by its parent company, UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Axeon® Optics, Beretta®, Browning®, Colt®, Elite Force® Airsoft, GLOCK®, Heckler & Koch®, Hornady®, IWI®, Optical Dynamics™, Ruger®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, UMAREX®, Walther® and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit UmarexUSA.com.

NRA, Pyramyd Air Launch New Range in a Box

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association and Pyramyd Air are excited to announce the launch of a new Range in a Box for 2019. The Range in a Box program presented by Pyramyd Air provides temporary air gun ranges to approved clubs and organizations free of charge to facilitate basic firearm safety training and “fun shoot” types of events for people with disabilities.

The Range in a Box provides nearly everything needed to set up a temporary air gun range, including air rifles, air pistols, the portable range, rifle rests and reactive targets. The key components are: seven T-200 Sporter Rifles; three Air Venturi Pistols; one large (8 feet wide by 24 feet long) portable range from Crosman; three Ultimate Tripod rifle rests from McFadden Machine Company; and various reactive target systems from Pyramyd Air. Shipping to and from the event location is also provided at no cost to the user. Consumable materials such as air and tanks, pellets and paper targets are not included.

This resource is intended for use by any organization planning an event to include people with disabilities—the most common participants being veterans’ groups, rehabilitation facilities and gun clubs. To get started, a representative of the group must contact the NRA Adaptive Shooting Program at adaptiveshooting@nrahq.org or visit adaptiveshooting.nrahq.org to print the application and user agreement. Each organization may use the Range in a Box two times to establish the viability of such an event and is then encouraged to apply for grants through The NRA Foundation to purchase its own equipment.

The NRA Adaptive Shooting Program strives to remove barriers that prevent interested groups from hosting more events for people with disabilities by merging the resources of industry partners such as Pyramyd Air with the commitment of the community to spread firearm safety training to a very deserving segment of the population. For more information, visit adaptiveshooting.nrahq.org.

About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. 5.5 million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit www.nra.org.

Thousands Apply to Join New Army eSports Team

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

FORT MEADE, Md. — Over 6,500 Soldiers are already hoping to be part of a new Army esports team that will compete in video game tournaments nationwide in an effort to attract potential recruits.

“It’s essentially connecting America to its Army through the passion of the gaming community,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jones, NCO-in-charge of the budding team.

About 30 Soldiers are expected to be picked for the team and some of the first positions could be filled this summer. Only active-duty and Reserve Soldiers are currently allowed to apply.

Those chosen will be assigned to the Marketing and Engagement Brigade for three years at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where the Army Recruiting Command is headquartered.

While they will not become recruiters, team members will receive a crash course on Army enlistment programs to answer questions from those interested in learning about the service.

Once built up, the team will fall under an outreach company that will also include an Army rock band and a functional fitness team.

Not everyone on the team will compete. Those who will may train up to six hours per day on video games, Jones said, adding that gameplay sessions would be live streamed or recorded for spectators to watch.

Esports has ballooned in popularity in recent years with millions of followers.

In August, the Washington Post reported that esports could generate about $345 million in revenue this year in North America. In 2017, a major esports tournament in China also drew a peak of more than 106 million viewers — roughly the same number of those who watched last year’s Super Bowl.

“It’s something really new and it’s been gaining a lot of steam,” Jones said.

While on the team, Soldiers will still conduct physical training, weapons qualifications and other responsibilities that come with being a Soldier. They will also have to maintain certifications in their military occupational specialty.

“Outside of that, there will be esports training,” Jones said. “So whatever game they’re playing in, they’ll not only be playing it, but be coached in it to get better.”

The team, he said, shares a similar concept to that of other Army competitive teams that continually train, such as the Golden Knights parachute team, World Class Athlete Program and Army Marksmanship Unit.

“Esports is like traditional sports,” he said. “Nobody can just walk in and expect to play at a competitive level.”

The Army, he said, already has talented gamers out there who can compete in events.

Last weekend, a few Soldiers competed at PAX South in San Antonio as a way to introduce Army esports to the greater gamer community.

In one of the events, a Street Fighter V tournament, two Soldiers placed first and second.

“This is the perfect opportunity to showcase not only to the Army, but to the civilian populace and the esports industry that we also have what it takes,” Jones said of the events.

Recruiters from the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion also joined them and were able to generate some leads with potential recruits, he added.

There are plans to do the same at the PAX East exposition in Boston in late March.

As a gamer and a recruiter himself, Jones said the team can help bridge the civilian-military gap by breaking down misconceptions some young people may have about the Army.

Being able to play their favorite video games with others who share the same passion is also a bonus.

“For a lot of Soldiers, to include myself, it’s like a dream come true,” Jones said. “This is just one of those ways we can start the conversation.”

Story by Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

Photos by SSG Ryan Meaux

Stoeger Airguns Introduces New Generation of Technology with the S4000-E Air Rifle

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

ACCOKEEK, Md. (January 24, 2019) – Stoeger has redesigned its line of airguns for 2019 and the flagship rifle is the fast-shooting, hard-hitting, yet quiet S4000-E. Whether backyard plinking or hunting small game, the features and adaptability of the S4000-E offer superior shooting performance at an economic price.

Available in .177 and .22 calibers, the S4000-E airgun features a powerful break-action Gas Ram piston to launch alloy pellets up to 1,200 fps (1,000 fps for lead) for the .177 caliber and up to 1,000 fps (800 fps with lead) for the .22 caliber. A two-stage adjustable trigger and automatic ambidextrous safety make these airguns suitable for all shooters. A fiber optic rear sight is fully adjustable for elevation and windage, while interchangeable red and orange fiber optic front sight inserts keep shooters on target.

Versatility shines on the S4000-E with its advanced ergonomics. The grip and forend feature efficient and innovative ProAdaptive Checkering. This grip surface allows shooters to feel as if the airgun is a natural extension of their bodies, providing quick, instinctive aiming and enhanced shooting comfort. The Multi-Grip System offers additional adaptability by giving shooters the ability to personalize style and shooting comfort by choosing between the embossed grips or the ProAdaptive Checkering.

When being quiet counts, the integrated S3 suppressor dramatically reduces shot noise while a recoil-absorbing buttpad takes the bite out of shooting. Both the .177 caliber and .22 caliber airguns are available in a rifle/optics combo package that includes a 4 x 32 mm riflescope and has an MSRP of $179. MSRP for the rifle only is $149 for both calibers.

All Stoeger Airgun models feature a best-in-class 5-year warranty.

Stoeger S4000-E Airgun

Rifle only
Caliber(s): .177; .22. Velocity: .177 – up to 1,200 FPS (1,000 with lead); .22 – up to 1,000 FPS (800 with lead). Action: Break action. Sights: Fiber-optic. Trigger: Two-stage adjustable. Safety: Automatic, ambidextrous. Finish: ProAdaptive Checkering, Multi-Grip System. Warranty: 2 years. MSRP: $149.

Rifle/Optics Combo
Caliber(s): .177; .22. Velocity: .177 – up to 1,200 FPS (1,000 with lead); .22 – up to 1,000 FPS (800 with lead). Action: Break action. Sights: 4 x 32 scope. Trigger: Two-stage adjustable. Safety: Automatic, ambidextrous. Finish: ProAdaptive Checkering, Multi-Grip System. Warranty: 2 years. MSRP: $179.

HatsanUSA, Inc. Launches New Vectis Airgun at SHOT Show

Monday, January 21st, 2019

The Vectis airgun brings modern sporting features to the classic lever-action.

Bentonville, AR (January, 21 2019) – Providing a modern take on an old classic, Hatsan’s new Vectis is a unique, lever-action, Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) airgun. Reminiscent of a lever-action cowboy rifle, the Vectis is capable of delivering up to 35 shots on a single fill, making it easy to empty a tin of pellets in no time.

Based on the Flash platform, the Vectis maintains the same lightweight characteristics. Weighing 7 lbs., the Vectis features a one-piece receiver and a sturdy, synthetic-polymer QuietEnergy barrel shroud that protects the barrel and dampens noise up to 50%. The airgun’s 165cc fixed-air cylinder is constructed from lightweight, strong aluminum alloy. A combo optics rail is machined into the receiver and continues down the length of the barrel shroud to provide shooters with 17 inches of uninterrupted rail space. The Vectis is capable of accepting both 11mm and 22mm mounts.

Just like the rifles of the old west, the sturdy trigger guard acts as the rifle’s cocking lever. Simply rotate the lever 45 degrees to cock the rifle. Follow-up shots are quick and easy, thanks to the S/Roto Index Magazine. Each of the 2 included magazines can hold up to 14 pellets. A single-shot tray is also included for those who might want to precision-load pellets individually. The Vectis is available in.177, .22, and .25 caliber.

Although lightweight and affordable, the Vectis is not without Hatsan’s hallmark features such as a precision-rifled and choked barrel to ensure accuracy and dependability. The Vectis also sports Hatsan’s Quattro Trigger. The Quattro Trigger is a fully-adjustable 2-stage match style trigger – designed for both hunters and target shooters alike. A color-coded pressure gauge is integrated and viewable from beneath the rifle for easy fill pressure monitoring. The removable flip-up sights are infused with TruGlo fiber optics, and the rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation.

The Vectis is configured to accommodate all shooters. The ambidextrous, all-weather, synthetic stock sports a Monte Carlo cheek rest and is built to last. This ergonomic thumbhole grip allows the lever-action to be cycled with minimal motion, so the shooter’s eyes can stay on target. A Picatinny accessory rail mounted beneath the forend permits shooters to add their favorite accessory and give the rifle a customized look and feel. Although this airgun produces very little recoil, it features a soft, ventilated, rubber butt pad for added comfort for all types of shooters.

Vectis Features

  • Multi-Shot lever action repeating PCP air rifle
  • Available in .177, .22, and .25 caliber
  • Easy to cycle cocking lever built into the trigger guard
  • Precision rifled and choked steel barrel
  • Advanced polymer shroud with integrated QuietEnergy sound moderator
  • 2 detachable, caliber specific, S/Roto Index magazines
  • Includes a single-shot tray for precision shooting
  • Ambidextrous, all-weather, advanced polymer synthetic thumbhole stock
  • Picatinny accessory rail on the bottom of the forend
  • Patented anti-knock system prevents gas wastage when the rifle is knocked or bounced
  • Extra long combo optics rail extends from the receiver along the top of the barrel
  • Removable flip-up sights with TruGlo fiber optics
  • Vectis Specifications

  • .177 Cal – 1,250 FPS Lead-Free, 1,150 FPS Lead, 29 FPE, 14-Shot Magazine, 35 shots/Fill
  • .22 Cal – 1,120 FPS Lead-Free, 1,000 FPS, 38 FPE, 12-Shot Magazine, 30 shots/Fill
  • .25 Cal – 900 FPS Lead & Lead-Free, 40 FPE, 10-Shot Magazine, 25 Shots/Fill
  • Fixed 165cc aluminum air cylinder
  • 200 Bar fill pressure
  • Advanced polymer thumbhole stock/Monte Carlo cheek piece
  • 41.3″ overall length
  • 17.7″ Barrel Length
  • 7.1 lbs. overall weight
  • Removable rear flip-up sight w/TruGlo green fibers-windage/elevation adjustments
  • Removable front flip-up sight w/TruGlo red fiber
  • MSRP: $399.99
  • WWW.HATSANUSA.COM

    Cody Firearms Museum Seeks Veterans to Be a Part of History at CFM Veteran VIP Experience

    Sunday, January 20th, 2019

    Cody Firearms Museum to host US Veterans and record their histories as they make their way across America at the CFM Veteran VIP Experience in Cody, WY

    CODY — January 17, 2019— Today, the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) revealed a teaser for one of its new premier exhibits to be launched at its grand re-opening the weekend of July 5, 2019. Among the many exhibits to be unveiled this summer, the Military Area will incorporate first-hand accounts from U.S. veterans. The CFM seeks U.S. veterans to relay testimonials of their service and experiences at the CFM Veteran VIP Experience.

    The CFM Veteran VIP Experience is an invitation to veterans and active military to be the very first to record personal accounts, offering museum-goers a glimpse into the complexity of their jobs and the magnitude of their bravery. “The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will capture a living history that we are proud to curate at our museum,” said Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator at the Cody Firearms Museum. “The testimonials from our veterans will provide insight for generations to come as well as create a community-centric model for our museum.”

    The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will take place on July 5, the day before the CFM opens to the public. Participating veterans will have a first glance at the exhibit and are invited the following day to the public opening along with their families. “We want to offer our veterans a VIP experience while becoming the first to contribute to this recorded legacy,” continued Hlebinsky. “The interactive component is user-friendly and will be on display for our 200,000 annual visitors. We’re calling on vets and vet organizations to join us during our grand re-opening in July.”

    The CFM is seeking veteran organizations to partner with them in promoting and/or sponsoring the special event. The CFM Veteran VIP Experience requires an RSVP to the event and is exclusive to veterans and active military personnel. Inquires may be directed to kie@solutionnaires.com.

    Additionally, you can meet Ashley Hlebinsky – Curator at the CFM. Her level of knowledge is amazing. She will be at the CFM booth #2428 on Thursday, January 24th from 2pm – 3:30pm.

    Air Venturi – Officially Licensed Springfield Armory Replica Series Debuting at SHOT 2019

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019

    CLEVELAND, OHIO (January 18, 2019) Air Venturi, a leading manufacturer and importer of airguns and airsoft guns will be showcasing its brand new officially licensed Springfield Armory® replica pistols and rifles at the 2019 SHOT Show, located in booth #2007.

    The iconic M1 Carbine Rifle, the standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War and well into the Vietnam War, will be available through Air Venturi as both a .177 BB CO2 air rifle or 6mm CO2 airsoft rifle starting in spring 2019. Featuring an full metal receiver and synthetic wood look stock, the .177 CO2 BB Rifle shoots velocities up to 425 fps and gets nearly 40 shots per 12 gram CO2 cartridge.

    When the XD(M)® series of polymer pistols were introduced in 2007 from Springfield Armory®, the line featured a ground-breaking design that offered new and higher standards for ergonomic comfort, ease of operation, features and performance. Over one decade later, Air Venturi brings this legendary series to the airgun and airsoft replica market, in both compact (3.8″) and standard (4.5″) configurations. The .177 BB

    CO2 series features a 20 rd mag, full blowback and can shoot velocities of up to 325 fps. The airsoft pistol series are powered by green gas (with CO2 magazines available) and can shoot up to 280 fps in the compact models, and up to 330 fps in the standard models.

    Both the airsoft and airgun versions offer interchangeable backstraps, like its firearm counterpart, for ergonomic comfort. The 3.8″ compact versions offer coordinating grip frame extensions to allow the use of the longer 4.5″ version magazines.

    Both BB and airsoft models will be available in all black and black frame/silver slide finishes starting in spring 2019.

    “We are beyond excited to be launching both the M1 Carbine rifle series and XD(M)® pistol series as our first replicas from the iconic Springfield Armory® line of firearms,” said Val Gamerman, President of Air Venturi. “The M1 Carbine embodies the history of the revered firearm that was used not only the U.S. military, but by military, paramilitary and police forces around the world. The XD(M)® series of pistols, available in 8 different configurations, will be available in spring 2019, and will be a hit with airgunners, replica enthusiasts and airsoft fans alike.”

    “With the 2019 release of the M1 Carbine and XD(M)® officially licensed replicas, this marks Springfield Armory’s first chapter in the airgun and airsoft industry,” stated Steve McKelvain, Springfield Armory® President. “This is the first of many replica rifles and pistols that will solidify both Air Venturi and Springfield Armory’s place in the progression of quality airguns and airsoft guns.”

    Retailers are invited to learn more by visiting the Springfield Armory® and Air Venturi booth, #2007 at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

    www.airventuri.com/av

    SIG SAUER Introduces the SIG AIR ProForce Airsoft Line for Professional Training

    Thursday, January 17th, 2019

    Newington, N.H. (January 17, 2019) – SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the new, high-end SIG AIR ProForce airsoft line for professional training. SIG AIR ProForce products are designed as replicas of their centerfire counterparts in look, balance and handling characteristics and engineered to SIG standards for precision, accuracy, and reliability. Initial SIG AIR ProForce airsoft pistol offerings include the M17 airsoft pistol and P229 airsoft pistol.

    “The SIG AIR ProForce line of airsoft guns is designed for professionals who train frequently and want the option of training safely in realistic force-on-force scenarios,” said Joseph Huston, Vice President and General Manager of SIG AIR. “SIG SAUER is a huge proponent of training, and we will continue to offer our customers numerous new product options to facilitate the safe practice of gun handling and target shooting in various environments.”

    The new SIG AIR ProForce M17 airsoft pistol is similar in look and feel to the U.S. Army issued P320- M17 9mm pistol and features a polymer frame and metal slide with full blow-back action. The proprietary drop magazine holds 21 rounds of 6mm polymer or biodegradable BBs. An adjustable hop-up feature creates spin on the BBs for additional stabilization in flight, resulting in increased distance and accuracy. A picatinny accessory rail allows for quick and easy mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight.

    Available in two power source options – 12g CO2 cartridge or green gas – the SIG M17 Airsoft pistol will be available with an optional optic plate mount for red dot sights. Velocity is up to 330 fps with muzzle energy of 1 joule (using a .20-gram polymer BB); however, results may vary depending on temperature and altitude. Available in Coyote Tan.

    ProForce M17 Airsoft Pistol:

    Total length: 8.5”

    Barrel length: 5.5”

    Weight: 2.6 lbs.

    Finish: Coyote Tan

    Muzzle Velocity: up to 330 fps

    Muzzle Energy: 1 joule

    Caliber: 6mm BB

    Magazine Capacity: 21

    Power Source: CO2 or Green Gas

    MSRP: $179.99

    Recently chosen by the US Coast Guard for training, the SIG AIR ProForce P229 is a full-size, metal frame airsoft pistol with an ergonomic polymer grip. The P229 airsoft pistol is powered by green gas and features a full-metal slide with realistic blowback. The drop magazine holds 25 rounds of 6mm polymer or biodegradable BBs and a picatinny accessory rail allows for the mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight. Fixed front and rear white dot sights facilitate quick target acquisition.

    Velocity is up to 330 fps with muzzle energy of 1 joule (using a .20-gram polymer BB); however, results may vary depending on temperature and altitude. Available in Black.

    ProForce P229 Airsoft Pistol:

    Total length: 7”

    Barrel length: 4.75”

    Weight: 1.85 lbs.

    Finish: Black

    Muzzle Velocity: up to 330 fps

    Muzzle Energy: 1 joule

    Caliber: 6mm BB

    Magazine Capacity: 25

    Power Source: Green Gas

    MSRP: $ 179.99

    For more information on SIG SAUER airguns, visit sigsauer.com/airguns.

    Meprolight USA Unveil First Augmented Weapon Sight; the MEPRO FORESIGHT

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

    An optic with an onboard compass and ammo counter? Sounds like we’re one step closer to a real-life equivalent of the MA5 series rifles from Halo.

    Meprolight® brings the cutting-edge technology of augmented reality (AR) to weapon sight systems that allow a digital interface projected right on the lens. Meprolight USA® to showcase this newest innovation and only AR sight on the market, at the 2019 SHOT Show.

    Middletown, Penn. (January 2019) – Meprolight USA®, the US sales and marketing division of Meprolight®, a world leader in a variety of optic solutions from electro-optics sights, self-illuminated night sights, innovative pistol sights will be unveiling the most radical innovation in weapon sight systems in years at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019. The MEPRO FORESIGHT, the first augmented weapon sight on the market today, provides essential tactical data projected right on the transparent optical lens.

    The data, projected in real-time, includes battery level, sensor data, Bluetooth connectivity and a shot counter (future software upgrade). It has five present reticles for various tactical scenarios, a built-in compass and an inside leveler to maximize hitting capability. A built-in sensor allows for automatic brightness adjustment. A digital zeroing mechanism allows the user to load a present zeroing profile from Meprolight’s mobile APP (Android and iOS) through a Bluetooth interface.

    The Meprolight MEPRO FORESIGHT APP allows up to 10 zeroing weapon profiles or user profiles. It features up-to-date and the latest MEPRO FORESIGHT firmware a rich reticle database, plus it allows previously stored profiles from the mobile APP to the sight.

    The MEPRO FORESIGHT augmented weapon sight powers with a rechargeable battery or USB-C port. The display window dimensions are 1.299” x .787” (33 x 20mm) with an overall dimension of 4.6” x 2.35” x 2.65” (117 x 60 x 68mm) and weighs a mere 9.9 oz. (280 grams). The MEPRO FORESIGHT is a game changer when it comes to optic solutions for the tactical or sport shooter.

    Retailers can now order Meprolight® products, including new 2019 products from Meprolight USA®, the US-based division of Meprolight at sales@meprolight.us or call 833-MEPROLIGT (833-637-7654),

    Commercially Availability: April 2019

    Stay current with Meprolight USA® on our Facebook page.

    About Meprolight®:
    Meprolight is a leading International Electro-Optics company, developing, manufacturing and marketing systems for infantry, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilian markets since 1990.

    Meprolight provides comprehensive solutions with a wide array of combat-proven products; electro-optical solutions, night vision devices, digital Low light handheld devices, thermal target acquisition systems, and a variety of night sights and other tritium illuminated products for safety and security applications.

    In 2019, Meprolight establishes a US division, Meprolight USA, to better serve their North American customers in the commercial, law enforcement, security and military markets. www.meprolight.us

    Four New Tools From Fix It Sticks

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

    Chicago, IL- Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearms maintenance tools and torque limiters has introduced a Universal Choke Tube Wrench, Knife Sharpener, Aimpoint Sight Bit and 3/8” Adjustment Wrench. These new items perfectly integrate with the Fix It Sticks tool system as well as perform as stand-alone products.

    The Universal Choke Tube Wrench works on shotgun chokes from .410 to 10 gauge. Made from solid steel construction for durability, it has a flat design to reduce bulk and easily fit in any tool or maintenance kit. The Universal Choke Tube Wrench is now available with an MSRP of $10.00

    To keep knives sharp and functioning a peak efficiency the new Fix It Sticks Knife Sharpener bit has both a carbide and ceramic V type sharpening inserts. Both are set at 22.5 degrees for a 45 degree inclusive edge. The Knife Sharpener is precision machined from steel, is available in February 2019 and has an MSRP of $22.00

    To aid those using an Aimpoint, Fix It Sticks has introduced a bit specifically for the adjustment of these sights. Made from a non-marring polymer, the bit has a two-prong design specifically to work with the windage and elevation adjustment knobs. Available for shipment this February, the Aimpoint bit has an MSRP of $10.00

    For scope mounts using a LaRue style release system, Fix It Sticks has introduced a 3/8” Adjustment Wrench bit to work with these quick release systems. Made from solid steel, the 3/8” Adjustment Wrench will be available later this month. MSRP is $10.00

    Like all Fix It Stick bits, these new bits will work with any ¼” hex bit driver and of course the Fix It Sticks modular tool system.

    Burris Optics Becomes Official Optics Sponsor of USA Shooting

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019

    GREELEY, Colo. (January 11, 2019) — Burris Optics announces its partnership agreement effective immediately with USA Shooting. The partnership makes Burris the official 2019 optics provider of America’s Shooting Team. As the presenting sponsor USA Shooting will announce a monthly “Burris Best” spotlighting the top athletic performance of a USA Shooting Team athlete.

    The two organizations place extreme value on accuracy, durability, innovation, and education, which serves as the foundation of the agreement.

    “We have long been fans of America’s shooting team,” said Burris Director of Marketing Ryan Hennig. “Educating future generations about the heritage and opportunities in shooting sports is a high priority for us and we believe the USA Shooting team’s 2020 vision can accomplish this. We look forward to our partnership and what we will accomplish together.”

    Burris will provide opportunities for USA Shooting team athletes and coaches to train and use Burris products in the field and on the range as well as gain access to innovative firearm enhancing technology critical for maintaining competitive advantage at key shooting events. Additionally, Burris will provide product for auctions to help support USA Shooting’s fundraising efforts.

    “The USA Shooting Team and America’s top marksmen and women have a clear 2020 vision of maintaining international notoriety and educating the general public about opportunities in competitive shooting sports,” said USA Shooting Director of Marketing and Communications Kevin Neuendorf. “Attaining this vision is not possible without partners like Burris Optics willing to step forward and show belief in what we are doing. We appreciate their confidence in our athletes and can’t wait to showcase the great line of products Burris has available for hunting, tactical and competitive shooting needs.”

    USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting’s mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. For more information, please visit us at usashooting.org.

    Meprolight USA SHOT Show Debut; Repositioning a New Leader in Optics Solutions for the US Market

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019

    Booth appearances and training segments by Instructor Zero of Team Zero, raffles and leading-edge new products on display will occur at both Meprolight USA® booths.

    Middletown, Penn. (January 2019) – Meprolight USA®, a Subsidiary company of Meprolight®, a world leader in a variety of Electro-Optic, Thermal, and Night sights, will be hosting the international training specialist, Instructor Zero at Meprolight booths 20043 and 15138 during the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    On January 22nd and 23rd, Instructor Zero will bring his unique brand of training special operators to SHOT Show attendees. Besides offering his expertise, he will also demonstrate Meprolight USA’s new products, including the Mepro Foresight, the first-ever Augmented Reality reflex sight, the Mepro NYX-200, a multispectral thermal weapon sight, the all new Mepro HVS Night Sights and the Mepro MicroRDS pistol red dot and backup sight. Instructor Zero will stay on after his demonstration for a raffle announcement followed by poster signing and photo opportunities.

    Instructor Zero, founder and CEO a Group of Companies under the name Team Zero Group, is a former Airborne Cp.l Instructor with expertise in firearms, strategy, security, risk analysis, and survival tactics. University Clinical Professor for 11 years in the Faculty of Science for Investigations and Security. His team provide training, strategic design, analysis, study and implementation of security protocols for high security clearance sites. Instructor Zero has worked with over 80 Special Units, including Special Forces and law enforcement from around the world.

    Instructor Zero Booth Appearance Schedule:

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Booth 15138

  • 2 p.m. Instructor Zero training and new product demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m. Instructor Zero announces raffle winner, poster signing and Instagram photo shoots until 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Booth 20043

  • 3:30 p.m. Instructor Zero training and new product demonstration
  • 4 p.m. Instructor Zero announces raffle winner, poster signing and Instagram photo shoots until 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Booth 15138

  • 2 p.m. Instructor Zero training and new product demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m. Instructor Zero announces raffle winner, poster signing and Instagram photo shoots until 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Booth 20043

  • 3:30 p.m. Instructor Zero training and new product demonstration
  • 4 p.m. Instructor Zero announces raffle winner, poster signing and Instagram photo shoots until 5 p.m.
  • Meprolight USA’s commitment to their US customers will be on full display with game-changing new optics and an all new HVS night sight family and new versions of the most popular Meprolight optical sights. Their US-based sales team will be present to firmly establish a solid and professional presence in the optic market. Current and former retailers will have access to knowledgeable and responsive sales staff. New retailers will find out why carrying the Meprolight USA brand builds customer loyalty and brings in profits.

    Buck Knives Partners with Taylor Guitars

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

    Famous Buck favorites now featuring genuine ebony handles

    Post Falls, ID — Friday, January 4, 2019– Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, is excited to partner with Taylor Guitars, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic guitars, and take part in their efforts using a sustainable supply model for genuine Ebony handles on its key heritage products.

    As of January 1, 2019, Ebony wood will be offered on the following Buck models:

    110 Folding Hunter (standard & finger-grooved)
    110 Auto
    112 Ranger (standard & finger-grooved)
    112 Auto
    101 Hunter

    Ebony wood was originally introduced on the 110 and 112 models in the 1960’s, but in the 1990’s, federal regulations on endangered woods led Buck to utilize resin treated woods. Harvested under Taylor’s thriving conservation project, Buck will again employ the use of ebony, a natural material with beautiful grain patterns that provides customers with a nearly indestructible knife handle.

    “We are excited for this opportunity to work with Taylor Guitars,” said Chris Brooks, Director of Brand Management at Buck Knives. “Buck Knives was built on old-fashioned values with a commitment to quality, reliability, and preservation of our resources for future generations. We are excited to help support Taylor’s Ebony Project, one Buck at a time.”

    For more information on the Ebony Project, visit www.taylorguitars.com/ebonyproject/

    www.buckknives.com/search?q=ebony

    White River Knife & Tool on Discovery Channel!

    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

    White River Knife & Tool, Fremont, MI, January 3, 2019 – White River Knife & Tool to be featured on How It’s Made, seen on the Discovery Science Channel.

    White River Knives will be featured on How It’s Made at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, January 10, 2019. If you miss it, this episode (among others) will be played randomly throughout the following weeks and, if you are attending the 2019 SHOT Show, it might make a good match for you to visit the White River booth (1114 lower level).

    How It’s Made follows a chosen company’s specific product from start to finish.The White River episode will be filmed at its production facility and follow the creation of its high-quality cork-handled fillet knife.

    How It’s Made is a very popular worldwide show that began in 2001 and is not a pay-to-play show. They make the contacts and send in their production team only after they hear of unique and/or high-quality products that their producers deem worth showing to the public around the world.

    How It’s Made is a high-quality show and this episode shows the production of a truly high-quality knife from an exceptional all-American Made company.

    Watch How It’s Made on the Discovery Science Channel
    Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

    If you are at the SHOT Show, please visit with the Cammenga family of knife makers at their SHOT Show booth 1114 (lower level), you will find your visit more than “just” interesting.

    White River Knife and Tool, Inc.
    515 Industrial Drive
    Fremont, MI 49412
    www.whiteriverknives.com

    SOAR: Ride Along With The World’s Most Accomplished And Secretive Special Ops Aviation Unit

    Friday, December 28th, 2018

    Parker, CO, December 18, 2018—There are few of us who have experienced what Special Operations team members have felt during a perilous and secretive mission. David Burnett has and he’s chronicled it in his powerful memoir, Making a Night Stalker.

    Burnett opens up the highly secretive world of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), the most accomplished and secretive special ops aviation unit on the globe. The importance of teamwork and heroism are driven home to readers in taut prose that brings to life what it is like to be at the knife’s edge, knowing a moment of inattention can bring catastrophe to you and your closest comrades.

    His journey starts in a conventional Army unit where he feels unfulfilled. The lack of responsibility drives him to pursue the goal of becoming an MH-47G Chinook helicopter crew chief in the world’s most secretive unit. Despite obstacles and endless training, he’s finally able to set foot on the aircraft. Achieving FMQ (Fully Mission Qualified) crew chief takes additional years of training and deployments, but after achieving the sought after role, he is honorably discharged from the military. Burnett also explores his PTSD, which drove him to alcohol. The beast was finally tamed through taking up writing, he said.

    For those whose only experience of war has been through media headlines, Burnett’s book presents a vivid picture of the vaunted Special Operations Aviation unit and the toll it takes on its members.

    Author David Burnett was born and raised in Parker, Colorado. After a few semesters of college, he enlisted in the Army in 2008. He was stationed with 563rd ASB as a 15U (Chinook helicopter repairer). After realizing his job in the regular Army was not as fulfilling as he had hoped, he applied for 160th SOAR. He went through countless years of training and deployed with the unit five times before deciding he wasn’t going to reenlist. He put pen to paper after receiving an honorable discharge from the unit and began writing his story.

    More information on David Burnett can be found at www.makinganightstalker.com.

    Buck Knives Announces Cerakote Capabilities

    Friday, December 21st, 2018

    Ceramic coating now available on a wide variety of knives

    Post Falls, ID — Wednesday, December 19, 2018– Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, is pleased to announce the introduction of Cerakote to its manufacturing and production capabilities. Housed in Buck’s 132,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Post Falls, Idaho, the new Cerakote lab contains curing ovens, a robotic spraying arm, and a variety of color options for Buck’s growing product line.

    Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that provides superior protection against abrasion and scratches while enhancing physical performance properties including wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, and strength. After receiving comprehensive and hands-on training, Buck Knives’ factory trained technicians mix the coating to exact specifications and utilize computer programs to create custom handles and unique blades.

    “Our goal has been to bring this process in house,” said Ryan Duckett, Director of Operations for Buck Knives. “Now we have the ability to control the cost, quality, and lead time on delivering a superior product to our customers.”

    Recognizing the need for corrosion and abrasion resistant coating and the value add benefit to its products, Buck Knives will soon offer several customization options with a shortened lead time. Many new products for 2019 will feature Cerakote coated blades and hardware. Buck’s customizable 722 SpitFire features several different Cerakote color options for customers to create a truly unique and personalized everyday carry knife.

    Take a look at the Cerakote lab at Buck Knives

    Fix It Sticks Has The Perfect Items For Gift Guides This Season

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

    Chicago, IL- Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearm maintenance tools and torque limiters has the perfect gift for anyone who loves the outdoors. With so many options and price points available there’s something from Fix It Sticks worthy of any gift guide. Check out some of the great suggestions below.

    AR-15 Tool Kit With Soft Case: MSRP $100
    Any AR-15 owner would be delighted receive this as a gift. Made to be field-portable yet fully capable, this tool kit has everything the MSR needs for maintenance in the field and even on the bench. For more information Click Here

    Torque Limiters: MSRP $40
    Precision gear needs to be properly torqued for peak performance. Whether it’s scope mounts, action screws or other equipment, Fix It Sticks preset torque limiters allow for tightening fasteners to the exact specifications as needed. Available in ranges from 6in/lb to 70in/lb, the torque limiters work with the Fix It Stick system or an 1/4″ hex driver. For More Information Click Here

    Firearm Accessory Bits: MSRP – $10 to $35
    Fix It Sticks has accessory bits that are useful and appreciated! The Glock tool kit is perfect for anyone who has the ubiquitous polymer pistol. The magnetic patch keep bits and fasteners from getting lost in the field. For the venerable 1911 there’s a bushing wrench and there’s even a Mini Pry Bar for the Fix It Sticks system. For More Information Click Here

    Tired of Value Paks, Brownells Rolls Out The Barrels

    Friday, December 14th, 2018

    Because there’s never enough dakka, Federal is now offering bulk barrels of ammo. The full release can be read below:

    GRINNELL, Iowa (December 13, 2018) – Just in time for Christmas, Brownells is offering up the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone who has everything – Bulk Barrels of Ammo in 5.56 and 7.62X51.

    Filled to the brim with either 12,500 rounds of XM855 5.56mm NATO, or 7,500 rounds of XM80 7.62X51 NATO ammunition, the metal Bulk Barrels are painted an attractive, eye-catching shade of yellow and sport a patriotic image of a majestic American bald eagle soaring on outstretched wings, its talons fully extended.

    Too enormous to serve as stocking stuffers, the barrels make ideal pickup-truck bed stuffers, and allow customers to give the gift of Freedom in bulk to friends and loved ones.

    Perfect for use in AR-15-style firearms – often referred to as “America’s Rifle” – the 12,500- round barrel of 5.56 can fill 416 standard-capacity, 30-round magazines all the way up to the very tip top, with 20 rounds still left over.

    For shooters who enjoy 30-caliber-power, the 7,500-round barrel of XM80 7.62X51 can jam- pack 375 standard-capacity 20-round magazines for full-size battle rifles like the M14, G3 or FAL – also known as the “Right Arm of the Free World.”

    #100-010-469. Bulk Barrel 5.56 NATO XM855, 12,500 rounds. $3,900 on sale

    #100-032-801. Bulk Barrel 7.62X51 NATO XM80, 7,500 rounds. $4,050 on sale

    Manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant to exacting standards, both calibers of ammo have non-corrosive primers and are topped with full metal jacket projectiles. The boxer- primed cases are easily reloadable, allowing multiple reuse for maximum liberty and sustainable recycling of naturally-occurring Earth metals.

    To see the eye-popping, jaw-dropping Bulk Barrels of Ammo, visit www.Brownells.com.