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SSD – US Army Creates ESPORTS Team

Monday, December 17th, 2018

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily. Honestly, it’s too fitting not to cross post.

Here’s another opportunity for Soldiers to excel. US Army Recruiting Command has established an ESPORTS team.

According to MG Frank Muth, commanding general for USAREC the idea is to connect with potential recruits stating, “If we are going to be successful in recruiting, then we need to be where young people are — and they are operating in the digital world. There are already thousands of current Soldiers who are competitive online gamers. Now we are giving them a chance to use their talents to help us relate to and connect with other young gamers. They will have the ability to start a dialogue about what it is like to serve in our Army and see if they are interested in joining.”

Soldiers selected to the team will be assigned to the Marketing and Engagement Brigade at Fort Knox for three years and will involve constant competitive training, recruiting engagements and interaction with the public on a daily basis but will not become recruiters.

The team is expected to begin competing on behalf of the U.S. Army by summer 2019

All active-duty and Army Reserve Soldiers are eligible to apply. Interested Soldiers should visit recruiting.army.mil/army_esports to learn how to compete for a spot on the team.

Ground Hammer Beer

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Spilling Blood in the Same Mud Since 1917.

This year saw the launch of Ground Hammer Beer in Hereford. The brand hopes to release stateside at Ft Bragg NC in early 2019, with the help of some SOF friends over there.

They brew traditional British beers made with American hops. It’s a tribute to over 100 years of standing side by side with their American cousins.

Proceeds from each beer sold go towards The SAS Regimental Association, who support the welfare of both soldiers and their families. Registered Charity No. 254393

They are looking for outlets and bars who’d like to stock it and put funds back into great causes.

groundhammer.com

Instagram:@groundhammerbeer

This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

Sneak Peek – DEFCON x Vans MultiCam Black Notchback Pro

Monday, November 5th, 2018

DEFCON is proud to announce the long awaited follow up to last years Vans® trio with an expanded capsule built around the new version SK8-HI™ NOTCHBACK PRO in MULTICAM® BLACK.

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Features:
• Premium Fire-Proof Warrior Suede®
• Water proof treatment on upper
• MULTICAM® CORDURA NYLON textiles
• DRi-LEX lining throughout
• Gusseted tongue
• Military detailing from DEFCON identity to BDU specs
• Custom Vans Ultracush HD footbeds w/ custom artwork
• Hesh Goat embossed heel stamp
• Durable reverse lug outsole and Knurled texture foxing tape

The Footwear is complimented by a range of apparel and accessories available exclusively at DEFCONGROUP.COM webstore which opens 0600 PST SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2018.

Sicario – RE Factor Tactical x Toor Knives Collaboration Project

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

The Sicario is a limited edition collaboration between RE Factor Tactical and Toor Knives.

They based the Sicario on a Persian Fighting Blade which offers the user both slashing and stabbing capabilities. The 4″ blade is long enough to offer the user the ability to reach vital organs while still having a small enough blade to conceal if needed. The knife is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 60 and is coated in H-series graphite black Cerakote. The handle is black textured dymalux giving the user ideal grip regardless of the circumstances.

All knives come with a durable kydex sheath with a 5 lbs draw retention.

Each knife also features an individual serial number that will be given to customers based on the order in which the knife is purchased.

Specs:
• Blade Length – 4″
• Length overall – 8″
• Weight – 3.6 oz
• Steel – CPM3V
• Blade Rockwell Hardness – 60
• Blade coating – H-series graphite black Cerakote
• Handle – Dymalux
• Kydex Sheath

All Toor knives are hand made in their facility in California.

refactortactical.com

Tennessee Arms Company – Omega Rifle

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily

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Tennessee Arms Company, best known for their polymer AR-15 and AR-10 lower receivers, is currently undergoing production on a new rifle they’ve dubbed the Omega Rifle. A design 10 years in the making, the Omega utilizes existing AR-15 pattern barrels and magazines, but also features a gas piston-operated action, is side charging, and has an adjustable trigger. The Omega will also come with a user-changeable back plate, which allows for the installation of various stocks, or a flat plate (for a pistol model). The model seen above is a working prototype, and doesn’t represent what the finalized commercial design will look like.

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The unique feature of the Omega Rifle is its patented articulating bolt assembly. Somewhat comparable to KRISS’ Super V Recoil Mitigation System for the Vector weapons family, the Omega’s Articulating Bolt Assembly features a ‘Traveling Mass’, which moves downward during the firing cycle, sliding directly into the pistol grip; this system is designed to reduce felt recoil, with a shorter operation cycle and fewer moving parts than a standard AR-15.

The Omega Rifle is slated for a Spring 2019 release, at the latest. Tennessee Arms Company will soon be offering a pre-order for the Omega rifle chambered in 5.56mm. There are plans to expand the Omega’s chamberings to include 9mm, .308, and 7.62x39mm. We’re eager to see further developments on this new design as its release draws nearer.

omegarifle.com

Glock G45 – The Black G19X

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

This article originally appeared on Soldier Systems Daily.

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With last year’s reveal of the G46 – a new rotating lug pistol design created specifically for a German Police solicitation, many of us were left wondering: “What about the G44 and G45?”. The G44 is still in the dark, but a leaked ad sheet has been making the rounds revealing the G45, and, somewhat surprisingly, it’s essentially the G19X, but in black.

The ad sheet, which is in German, claims that the G45 was designed for Military requirements, and, just like the G19X, features a G19-sized slide with a full, G17-sized grip. There are a couple of notable changes from the G19X design, however: the inclusion of front charging serrations on the slide (like the limited release ‘FS’ models) and a flared magwell that does away with the oft-criticized mag well cutout on the standard Gen5 models. This differs from the magwell of the G19X, which features a front flair which sits in front of the seated magazine, making it incompatible with the elongated Gen5 magazine floorplates. Aside from those changes, the G45 has all the standard Gen5 updates:

  • nDLC finish
  • Glock Marksman barrel
  • Ambi slide stop
  • Magazine w/ orange follower
  • Improved trigger mechanism
  • No finger grooves
  • www.glock.com

    OMNI EDC Knife On Kickstarter

    Saturday, September 15th, 2018

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    The OMNI is a miniature EDC knife created by UK-based HRIBARCAIN, and currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The OMNI features a blade just over an inch in length, with an overall length of 3.75 inches extended, and roughly 2.5″ folded. The body is reported to be made of 7000 series aluminum, and the OMNI features a unique sprung pivot design, which locks the blade into place. The blade itself is made of Damascus-patterned steel, and is designed for heavy-duty use.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/omniknife/the-worlds-smallest-and-sharpest-damascus-pocket-k/

    Rogue Fitness – Cast Weight Vest Plates

    Monday, September 3rd, 2018

    This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

    featuring a double curved shape, these cast weight plates measure 11.25” in length and 9.25” in width, making them compatible with the 5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier, Condor Sentry Plate Carrier, and other similar weight vests on the market. Sold by the pair, they are available in 5.75, 8.75 and 13.75 lbs. The reason for weights is that when they are added to a standard 2.5 lbs vest, the three plate size pairs create total weights of 14 LBS, 20 LBS, and 30 LBS, respectively.

    Made in USA.

    THESE ARE NOT BODY ARMOR

    www.roguefitness.com/usa-cast-weight-vest-plate

    Meet Tacticlip, the “Multi-tool Hair Clip for Unpredictable Lifestyles”

    Thursday, August 9th, 2018

    This article was originally published on Soldier Systems Daily.

    These days, lots of folks are wearing their hair longer, and we know several Jewish men who keep their yarmulkes in place with a hair clip, so when we found out about Tacticlip, we figured, why not share it?

    It does in fact work as a hair clip, but it also incorporates several other functions:

    • Hair clip

    • Raptor-style pointed tip

    • Serrated Edge

    • Ruler

    • Wick Holder

    • Mini-Screwdriver

    Dimensions

    • UltraLight Weight: 3 grams

    • Length: 2 inches

    • Thickness: 1mm

    • Serrated Teeth: 17

    • Serrated Teeth Style: Shark tooth

    • Materials: Spring Steel

    • Color: Black – Finish will wear depending on intensity of use

    To learn more, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/beauchevassus/tacticlip-multi-tool-hair-clip-for-unpredictable-l.

    Dwayne Johnson & Co “Rock” TNVC Sentinel NVGs in the High-Rise Action Thriller, Skyscraper (2018)

    Friday, July 13th, 2018

    Dwayne Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI HRT Operator turned private security specialist who must take down terrorists that threaten his family in the new film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
    While TNVC remains proudly dedicated to providing our warfighters, law enforcement professionals, and individual citizens with the very best night vision equipment, training, and support, we’re not above having some fun once in a while, and we were happy to be approached by the production team of Skyscraper(2018) to provide NV equipment and consulting for one of the key action sequences in what is sure to be a riveting, explosive adventure for all audiences!

    TNVC team member Charles “Chip” Lasky and Buck Doyle on set with members of the cast to provide military consulting along with NV equipment during the film’s production—look for Chip and TNVC in the credits!

    TNVC is proud to have been able to support this production and to help make the film come to life, be sure to check it out!

    Skyscraper opens in theaters today, Friday, July 13th, starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, and Roland Møller, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, and is distributed by Universal Pictures.

    Now On Kickstarter – Eclipse: The Morphing Coin Shaped Everyday Carry Knife

    Saturday, July 7th, 2018

    Made from 24 individual parts, the Eclipse features a Wharncliffe-style blade made from 440 stainless steel, with a handle made from G10 FR-4 fiberglass epoxy.

    Offered in two colors, the “Silver” option has a bead blasted 440C frame, links, and blade. The “Black” option features a 440C black oxide handle and links and a 440C black coated blade, both with black G10 scales.

    Specs:
    • Blade Length: 0.7 inches
    • Blade Material: Hardened 440C Stainless Steel (58 HRC)
    • Blade Stock: 0.08 inches (2 mm)
    • Handle Material: 440C Stainless Steel
    • Grip Material: G10 FR-4
    • Closed Diameter: 1.8 inches
    • Open Length: 2.9 inches
    • Knife Thickness: 0.24 inches (6 mm)
    • Weight: 1.1 oz
    • Lock Mechanism: “Button” lock, frame lock

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/fulcrumknives/eclipse-the-morphing-coin-shaped-everyday-carry-kn

    Black Aces Tactical announces a new Semiautomatic Shockwave

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

    Black Aces Tactical (BAT), an American manufacturer best known for its patented custom shotguns, is excited to announce the release of the company’s new Semiautomatic Shockwave and Peacekeeper shotguns.

    Said Lemoine, “The Shockwave platform has been nothing short of a phenomenon. We have always felt, and more importantly the customers have always felt, that a semiautomatic version is inevitable. The brass ring has always been a semiautomatic 12 gauge platform in the most compact package possible. We feel that we have created an incredible weapon here.”.

    At $949 retail – a shooter has choices. Both the Semiautomatic Shockwave and Peacekeeper Pistol Grip versions can be had in 18.5 6+1 trim as well as the uber cool 12.5” 4+1 SBS trim. For a few dollars more, Black Aces Tactical will install a 6 position folding stock.

    “For as long as we can remember, the gun industry has been playing follow the leader. Our goal is to give the customer something that other manufacturers won’t.”.

    Both the Shockwave Semiautomatic and Peacekeeper Pistol Grip models feature a number of innovations.

    First and most obvious, the recoil assembly must be relocated and old recoil tube modified to accept the grip. Next the gas ports are tuned to operate both low and high brass. Finally the trigger is addressed in order to facilitate fast feeding. “Being that we use a Remington 1100 base, we have identified addressed a number of weak points.”, said Lemoine.

    For more information about Black Aces Tactical, contact Eric Lemoine at 407-630-9359, email sales@blackacestactical.com, or visit www.blackacestactical.com

    30 Sec Out – Those Meddling Kids Patched

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

    Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve heard of America’s former arch-nemesis Osama bin Laden. You’ve also likely heard of Mystery, Incorporated, the stars of ‘Scooby Doo’ who gained fame via a half-century of solving mysteries in their groovy mini-van.

    When the team unmasked whatever evildoer was causing mayhem, said villain always exclaimed, “and I would have…”

    30 Seconds Out commemorates one of the greatest operations in US military history, by reminding us of those meddling kids.

    Get yours at www.thirtysecondsout.com/products/morale-patch-meddling-kids.

    This post was originally featured on SSD.

    BOSS StrongBox Raising Funds For Gold Star Teen Adventures

    Monday, June 4th, 2018

    BOSS StrongBox will be hosting an fundraiser raffle online with a goal to raise over $5,000 for Gold Star Teen Adventures; a non-profit whose mission is to provide healing, mentor-ship, development, and opportunity to the children of Special Operations Service Members who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Gold Star Teen Adventures was started by Kent Solheim, a Special Operations Service Member who was seriously wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007, ultimately losing his right leg. Kent’s experiences on his road to recovery inspired the creation of Gold Star Teen Adventures. Kent, a father of two, realized that if he had not made it home, he would have still wanted his children to know the brotherhood of the Special Operations community that he had grown to love, and to share the adventures that his career had permitted him to do.

    BOSS StrongBox has teamed up with other leading brands to provide over 20 different prizes with a total retail value of over $5,000. Ranging from Pelican Cases to Streamlight TLR, Blac-Rac Weapon Retention Systems, Gerber Multi-Tools and more, there will be plenty of great prizes to win.

    With raffle tickets selling for only $10 each, it won’t cost you much for a chance to win.

    At the end of the day, it’s all about the cause and doing what we can to help support programs like Gold Star Teen Adventures and give back to the families who have served our country and ultimately gave their lives for our freedom.

    The fundraiser starts June 1st and will run through the month, ending June 29th. You’ll want to follow along on Instagram (@BossStrongBox) to get updates and watch the live raffle take place at the end of the month (note: you won’t have to watch live to win, if you’re name is pulled we’ll contact you).

    Buy your ticket(s) and view the prizes here: https://www.bossstrongbox.com/fundraiser

    Vickers Guide: Kalashnikov (Volume 1) – Vote For The Next Cover!

    Saturday, May 19th, 2018

    The next installment in the Vickers Guide series, Kalashnikov (Volume 1) m, is almost ready for pre-order. One thing they still need to do is lock in the cover and they want your help to do it.

    Which classic AK variant should they use?

    Click here to vote.

    Vickers Tactical Slide Racker for the Gen5 Glock Models

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    TangoDown™ Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Vickers Tactical™ lineup!

    Introducing the GSR-04 Slide Racker for all current Gen5 pistols! The GSR-04 offers serrated wings which allow for easier slide retraction in non-ideal situations: wearing gloves or sudden “tap/rack” manipulation. Made from tough, stainless steel & injection molded glass reinforced nylon. Installs in minutes, without any weapon modifications

    Fits Gen5 Glock™ 17/19/19X/26/34
    Fits most Gen5 Glock™ models with 1.00 slide width
    Color Availability: Black
    OA Length: 1.187
    Width: .620
    Weight: 1oz
    TangoDown™ Part Number: GSR-04
    MSRP: $18.95
    Made in the USA

    For more information, visit: tangodown.com/shop/vickers-tactical-slide-racker-gen5-glock-gsr-04/

    Customer Questions: sales@tangodown.com/a>

    Combat FlipFlops – Limited Edition Black AK – 47

    Sunday, March 18th, 2018

    This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

    With all the angst toward black guns, CFF remade of the classic AK-47 for the gun lovers and the not-so-gun lovers. These noir beach cruisers are available in a limited run and deliver in April.

    Available in Men’s Sizes 7 through 15 or Women’s Sizes 5 through 11

    Construction:

    Combat Boot Rubber Out sole

    EVA mid-layers

    Cow Leather Deck

    Cow Leather Upper

    Embossed Poppies

    Cast 7.62 x 39mm Casings

    Made in Bogota, Colombia

    Remember, purchase a pair and fund one Day of Secondary School for an Afghan Girl.

    www.combatflipflops.com/collections/the-ak-47/products/ak-47-black

    DroneShield Ltd Announces DroneGun Tactical

    Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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

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

    Features:

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

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

    • Ergonomic body and controls.

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

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

    www.droneshield.com

    James Yeager Announces New YouTube Channel

    Friday, January 5th, 2018

    Last month, James Yeager was kicked off of Youtube. But he accepts that he needs Youtube, stating that it’s the second most powerful search engine on earth after Google.? While he pursues alternatives, he’s set up shop at a new Youtube address.

    He claims that in its previous incarnation, you only got him at 75%, which was still more than they could handle. While he will still offer product reviews and tactical tips, he plans to throttle it back to 25% this time.

    The plan is to reach the masses via Youtube and say what he really wants to at libertv.com. Eventually, he hopes that his libertv project will include others.

    This article was originally featured on SSD.

    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.

    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

    Noveske Rifleworks Announces New Rifle Model And New Gen 4 Receiver Set

    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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    GRANTS PASS, OREGON, NOVEMBER 21, 2017 — Noveske Rifleworks is proud to announce the Ghetto Blaster Rifle — the introductory rifle configuration on our new Gen 4 platform. This lightweight rifle (5.25lbs in the short configuration) features a customized version of our new Gen 4 receiver set, collapsible stock and Noveske Rail system (MLOK or Keymod option). Adapted to accept a collapsible stock, the receiver set also includes ambidextrous controls, flared mag well, and new geometry relative to our Gen 3 set. Additionally, the rifle features a Magpul grip, adjustable gas block, and Geissele SD-E trigger. We teamed up with Kevin Brittingham and his team at Q to incorporate the collapsible stock and BCG in this rifle.

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    At launch, there will be three configurations available for pre-order:
    7.94” 5.56 Stainless barrel, w/7” NHR
    7.94” 300BLK Stainless barrel, w/7” NHR
    16” 5.56 CHF barrel, w/15” NHR

    Other configurations available in Q1 2018 include: Suppressed 300BLK Model (Ghetto Blaster NSD), as well as 10mm.

    Pre-sale starts today!

    noveske.com/ghettoblaster

    FightLite Industries – SCR Pistol

    Saturday, October 14th, 2017

    This beauty showed up on the Shockwave Technologies Facebook page.  It’s a Shockwave Raptor Grip R870 mounted to FightLite Industries SCR pistol lower receiver.  The SCR is legal in all 50 states and accepts AR uppers.  This model is 21″ OAL, 7.5″ barrel, and just 3.9 lbs.

    This story was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

    Mod Zero Defense – M-Zero Zeroable Picatinny Rail

    Saturday, September 9th, 2017

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    Mod Zero Defense is a Pennsylvania-based company which has created the M-Zero Picatinny Rail. The M-Zero is designed to allow shooters to use a pre-zeroed optic across multiple firearms by adjusting zero on the mount itself, rather than readjust the optic for every new rifle. The below image works as a great visual indicator of the M-Zero’s function.

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    As for the technical details, here’s the bullet point list:

  • 1/4 MOA elevation adjustment
  • 1/2 MOA windage adjustment
  • 240 MOA elevation range of motion
  • 100 MOA windage range of motion
  • Height: 0.6 in
  • Weight: 0.45 lbs
  • Length: 7.08 in
  • User customizable range dial
  • Two dials for zeros (barrels and ammo)
  • Fits any MilSpec rail with 8 slots
  • 12 rail slots
  • The M-Zero will soon be up for funding on Kickstarter. Check out the link below for more details, and to subscribe to Mod Zero Defense’s email list.

    www.modzerodefense.com

    SSD – This Is Real

    Sunday, August 6th, 2017

    It is located outside of the Harlow Police Station in Essex. The photo wasn't taken by a concerned party, aghast by the shear existence of such a device, but rather was posted to Facebook by the Essex Police, who are quite proud.


    Original article