Shortly after the introduction of the original PMAG, Magpul began working on increased capacity solutions. The “Quad” or “Coffin” mag concept never delivered the reliability in rough handling and adverse conditions that they require from their magazine products, and so the design never made it into production. Lessons learned during this program eventually fed into the D-60 program.
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Matador’s Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack is, as its name implies, a 28-liter backpack which is also packable/stowable. Thanks to its unique design, it can be compressed down to roughly the size of a football, and weighs only 20 oz. empty. The Beast28 is made of PU-coated ripstop nylon, and comes complete with a large main compartment, breathable straps, lumbar padding, and is hydration pack-compatible.
For Christmas last year, BE Myers & Co., Inc sent out custom brick figures configured as MAWL Man to commemorate the launch of their weapon laser. Armed with a MAWL-DA on top of a suppressed MK18, MAWL Man also sports a pistol, knife, plate carrier and full loadout.
These proved so popular in social media that they decided to offer them for sale in order to raise funds for their favorite charity, SOC-F.
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.
If you collect baseball cards, you want to get them all. Show everyone your passion with this fun shirt from Rogue Dynamics.
At SHOT Show I found out that Hazard 4 recently signed a licensing agreement with Frazetta Jr. Enterprise to produce products based on Frank Frazetta’s legendary art. Their first product is a 3D morale patch depicting the iconic Death Dealer which has long been the symbol of the US Army’s III Corps.
Available now in Black, Coyote and OD Green.
Airborne Ranger has released two new University of Pineland flags. The flags are constructed of 110g digitally printed knitted polyester, rated for indoor and outdoor use. They feature brass grommets for hanging, and are sized 3′ x 5′.
S.O.Tech has released a limited edition run of Tactical Totes / Reusable Shopping Bags. The bags are made in the USA by Veterans as part of a work therapy program through Vets Corps USA. The bags come in two sizes, regular (RCS) and XL (RCS2), and are made of 500D Cordura and 1000D Cordura, respectively. Additional features include reinforced handles, color-matched MilSpec webbing, and interior pockets.
The Mykel Hawke Arrowhead Set is composed of five unique hunting tool accessories inspired by the cultures Mykel Hawke encountered during his service with the Armed Forces. The tools are made of black oxide coated stainless steel, featuring hollow ground edges for sustained sharpness, and can be used for numerous hunting techniques including spear hunting, trapping, and fishing. Additionally, the set comes with a small storage pouch.
This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.
Sometimes, you can get to know a bit about someone by taking a peek at their shopping list.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was served a lawsuit last week by SIG Sauer. This suit immediately followed ATF’s public chastising from a judge in a similar case brought by Innovative Arms (both cases where muzzle brakes were submitted for testing and classification and deemed “silencers” by the ATF, but no decibel reduction testing was provided to back up their determinations). It might be of interest to other muzzle device manufacturers (and possibly the legal team at SIG Sauer) that ATF themselves this month has admitted that their own sound testing equipment “…has reached end of life and requires an upgrade.” and has issued a sole-source solicitation to purchase a new “computer controlled firearm silencer testing system” from a Virginia-based Bruel & Kjaer representative that custom built ATF’s last system in 2005.
Recently, ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch claimed that Innovator Enterprises, Inc.’s Stabilizer Brake was a highly-restricted silencer, even though the manufacturer’s intent was to make a freely-sold, unregulated recoil device. The ATF’s determination, however, was shot down with no small amount of candor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia when Innovator Enterprises sued the ATF over the mischaracterization. District Judge John Bates’ commentary read that the ATF’s “decision to classify the Stabilizer Brake as a ‘firearm silencer’ is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ for at least two reasons: the agency failed to ‘articulate a satisfactory explanation’ for its decision and the agency failed to ‘examine the relevant data’ before coming to a final conclusion.”
The Court noted that the ATF did not provide any proof or determination of the Stabilizer brake’s ability to reduce noise, but gave FTB the benefit of the doubt by assuming “Although the FTB (Firearms Technology Branch) utilizes state-of-the-art sound metering equipment, these tests do not affect the classification of any item.” But ATF themselves, in what may wind up being an unfortunately-timed admission from them in any upcoming court cases, gives justification of their purchase by admitting that their sound metering equipment is actually not “state-of-the-art” but rather “has reached end of life.”
The Court goes even further to question the history of “what exactly Congress was concerned about in deciding to regulate silencers at the federal level”, and points out a study showing that “The 1934 congressional debates [over what became the National Firearms Act] provide no explanation about why silencers were licensed” in the first place.
The ATF’s National Firearms Act Branch is incredibly overworked and understaffed. It is constantly inundated with tens of thousands of silencer transfers, and is currently dealing with the frustrations of a contractor’s failed e-Forms website (that was supposed to help ease their workload and speed the processing times of these transfers). Add the issue of being repeatedly sued over arbitrary determinations – on what is not even a firearm to begin with, but rather a harmless noise-pollution reduction device – it is certainly a ripe time for Congress to assess if suppressors should be removed from the purview of the NFA entirely.
– Kel Whelan
Kel Whelan has spent decades working NFA issues, and is well known to many in the firearms industry. Plus, he can always recommend a great place to eat.
The UEV-490 is the largest Urban Escape Vehicle on offer by Conqueror Australia. The body is CNC manufactured and features skeletal construction with cladding to reduce weight. All body parts are electro galvanized and epoxy coated and Chassis beams are hot dipped galvanized. The 490 rides on an independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and ‘Tough Dog’ shock absorbers.
Luxury items include a diesel-powered hot water system, interior heating, microwave, shower, fridge/freezer, full kitchen with cutlery and crockery, and a flat screen DVD player.
Contact email@example.com for a quote. Conqueror Australia sells the UEV-490 worldwide.
Hot Shots has collaborated with Dead Legacy Clothing to offer exclusive t-shirts featuring the best of the Hot Shots images over the last three years. The first t-shirt to be launched is the ‘Daisy’ featuring Hot Shots Girl Daisy Watts.
Additionally, for every shirt sold, £10 ($16) will be donated directly to Help for Heroes.
The Kestrel® 4400 provides waterless WBGT measurement and displays on-screen warnings when environmental conditions put athletes at risk.
Boothwyn, PA – April 16, 2014 — Long distance runners have a lot to be concerned about when exercising in hot environments. Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar radiation and indirect radiation from surfaces play a significant role in an athlete experiencing exertional heat stress or other medical problems. This can be particularly true when an early season event is affected by unusually high temperatures and runners have not had an opportunity to become acclimatized.
The 2012 Boston Marathon experienced an unusually hot day, resulting in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) allowing runners to choose to defer their entries or to run at a slower pace. This situation resulted in the BAA evaluating the best way to monitor heat stress conditions during their premier endurance event. To do so, the BAA partnered with the Natick, MA based US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) to evaluate available methods for monitoring heat conditions and providing guidance for athletes and emergency personnel. One of the tools the USARIEM team will be deploying for their monitoring program at this year’s race is the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker.
The Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker is a handheld or tripod-mountable portable instrument that provides waterless readings of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), the most widely- used measure of physiological heat stress in an environment. After first validating the accuracy of the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker in the USARIEM environmental chambers, the USARIEM team will be taking measurements at three locations throughout race day and comparing these “ground truth” readings with alternative methods for calculating WBGT. Based on their study, USARIEM hopes to be able to provide the BAA and other endurance event organizers with recommendations on the best way to monitor heat stress conditions at events.
The Kestrel 4400 helps athletic trainers, military trainers, emergency staff and scientists get real-time information to monitor environmental conditions such as heat index, relative humidity, temperature and most importantly WBGT. WBGT is an aggregate environmental measurement that combines ambient temperature, humidity, sunlight, radiant heat and wind into a single number that can be referenced to published guidelines to increase safety and preparedness for hot weather activities. The American College of Sports Medicine provides the following WBGT guidance for endurance events: when WBGT exceeds 65°F, warn entrants of increased heat illness potential; if WBGT is over 73°F, recommend entrants adjust their normal pace or withdraw if at risk; if WBGT exceeds 82°F, cancel event or recommend voluntary withdrawal. The Kestrel 4400 has user-settable warning zones that can be set up to trigger when WBGT passes these thresholds, helping to ensure that event personnel are aware and prepared when the chance of exertional heat stress and adverse medical events rises.
The Kestrel 4400 is also a full environmental weather meter, offering readings of all meteorological measurements and can be Bluetooth® enabled. Sealed to IP-67 standards and drop tested to MIL-STD-810G, the Kestrel 4400 is built to stand up to real-world conditions.
The RamHead Tactical SATCOM Antenna is designed as a wearable hands-free way to send and receive real time information via satellite. It provides high quality voice communications for both mounted and dismounted operations.
Frequency – 225MHz-500MHz
Polarization – Linear
Input Power – 25 Watts (Max)
Gain – 2.14dBi
VSWR – 2.5:1 or less
The RamHead has been tested and proven with the following radios and accessories:
– PRC 152
– PRC 117F and 117G
– PRC 148
– KMW1031 amplifier
– TSE-RAMP-25 amplifier
– TSE-AMP-MB-50 @ 20 watts
Available from Shakespeare Company, LLC.
Gunwebsites has designed 7.62×39 and 7.62x54r spam can Velcro patches, yet found the borders were “off” and decided to gauge interest “as-is” by holding a funding campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign was successful enough that they even expanded the line to include a 5.45×39 spam can patch. Although the campaign has reached its funding goal, there are still backing rewards available for those who are interested.
Diamondhead’s Safe-T-Gun is a polymer/composite AR-15 replica with the exact same dimensions as an actual rifle. Its design allows for the installation of actual rifle accessories. This makes it excellent for situations where a real weapon isn’t necessarily required, such as trade shows, product demonstrations, or safety instruction. Components include an upper receiver, lower receiver with buttstock, grip, and magazine, and the Safe-T-Bolt.
Made in the USA. Available in Black or Red finish.
This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.
The MultiCam Scamp is the result of a collaboration between Freewaters and SKD Tactical. The Scamp is the first commercial sandal with authentic, IR-compliant MultiCam material, featured on the soft webbing toe strap. It also features an ultra-comfortable footbed pattern licensed from Therm-A-Rest, akin to a Z Lite sleeping pad, which channels out water and air cools the foot. The strong, sponge rubber outsole provides grip and flexibility. Additionally, 1% of Freewater’s sales go to well digging projects in impoverished countries with areas without access to fresh water.
This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.
We’re tired of waiting for the US Army Camo Improvement Effort announcement as well, so we created a White House Petition. If you can’t wait to get your oompa loompa, sign it now and tell your friends.
Right on the heels of another body worn camera mount, comes another Kickstarter project, the POV / Action Camera Backpack Mount for GoPro, Contour, others by Rodger Dean.
The key is the VuPackPole from VuVantage that attaches to your pack and places your camera in a 3rd person Point of View.
This article was originally published on Solider Systems Daily.
“Mr. Gorbachev, I tore down that wall” The famous speech President Ronald Reagan gave after he destroyed the Berlin wall. He rode his most trusty steed into battle…a raptor which he had the CIA clone for such an occasion. Practice Reaganomics today and buy this print to show your love for ‘merica!
American history how we like it; tough, manly, and full of guns, Presidents and impossible scenarios. My favorite print is TR vs Bigfoot.
‘Tilt-Shift Vol. 1: The Quite Profession’ is a graphic novel written by Jose Torres-Cooban with art by Joshua Hood. The 12-issue series details a first-hand account of the actions of Team Galahad through the eyes of combat photographer Specialist Freddie Blythe. The purpose of the series is to shift perspective on the Global War On Terror to those fighting on the front lines and promises to be the closest thing to the full Special Operations experience found in any medium, being written by actual Special Operations combat veterans.
Tilt-Shift is currently up for funding on Kickstarter.
Tilt-Shift also has a Facebook page.
This article was originally posted on Soldier Systems Daily.
Then don’t forget to pick up a limited edition SSD ‘Keep Calm and Return Fire’ t-shirt from Tactical Distributors today! Available in Black or Tan in sizes S-XXL.
From a land down under comes Hardcore Hardware’s new Tomahawk. Crafted from coated D2 tool steel, the handle is wrapped in 550 cord and comes with a nylon MOLLE compatible sheath. This is brand new on the market and looks to be built with a severe dosage of arse-kickery involved.
Originally posted on Soldier Systems Daily.