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Sharknado 2: The Second One

July 13th, 2014

I think this speaks for itself.

Reminder – Botach Tactical – Magpul Boost Bundle

July 12th, 2014


Botach Tactical is currently selling a Magpul Boost Bundle, which comes with one (1) of each of the following:

- Magpul STR Mil-Spec Stock
- Magpul MOE Grip
- Magpul MOE Carbine Length Handguard
- Magpul MVG Vertical Grip
- Magpul Maglink

Combined, these items come in at 45% off MSRP. Available in Black, FDE, and OD Green.


The Cash Cannon

July 12th, 2014


Since I feel obligated to post any gun shaped projectile devices I can possibly find, I figured the Cash Cannon fulfills said obligation. Made from ABS plastic, the Cash Cannon can be loaded with US Dollar bills or any item similar in size and structure, and with a pull of a trigger shoots them out rapidly. If anything else, it’s a novel way to “make it rain”.


Manta – Beer Cozy

July 11th, 2014


It’s not about keeping it cold, it’s about keeping it cool.

- Bob Bullion

Manta, the company behind the weapon covers utilized by the US Marine Corps for the M27 IAR, will soon be releasing a beer cozy made from their proprietary polymer in a similar style to their suppressor cover. They’ll come in a variety of colors, including glow-in-the-dark and ‘temperature-based color change’ variants. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.


TrackingPoint – Veteran Hunt At Game Ranch

July 10th, 2014

This latest video from TrackingPoint details a 3rd generation Marine, Michael Jernigan, who was blinded by a roadside bomb while in service. Assisted by a spotter utilizing the broadcast capability of the TrackingPoint scope, Jernigan was not only able to strike a target from 700 yards, but was also able to successfully track a trophy Blackbuck.


Warrior East – Wild Things

July 10th, 2014


Wild Things’ Windshirt – WT 1.0 is a 1/2 zip pullover made from 70D textured nylon encapsulated with silicone for durable water resistance, abrasion resistance, and breathability. Additional features include an angled mesh-lined chest pocket, concealed zippers, adjustable shock cord hem, stowaway hood, and elastic wrist closures.

The Windshirt has been adopted by the US Navy and is issued to Navy personnel in NWU 1, 2, and 3 patterns. Made in the USA.


HOBOROLL: The Essential Stuff Sack For Life’s Adventures

July 9th, 2014


HOBOROLL is a project currently up on Kickstarter. Made from 30D siliconized nylon, the HOBOROLL features 5 compartments which allow for easy separation of items. An additional internal zippered pocket allows for secure storage of smaller items such as keys, ID cards, etc. It opens up from both ends and secures using anodized aluminum fasteners in addition to a drawstring with high draft collar.


Botach Tactical – Tru-Spec BDU Shorts Special KHAKI

July 8th, 2014


Botach Tactical is currently having a special deal on Tru-Spec BDU Shorts which were made with factory second material – 60% off MSRP. Made from PolyCotton rip-stop, Tru-Spec BDU shorts feature 2 front slash pockets, 2 bellowed side cargo pockets, 2 rear inserted pockets, a zippered fly with adjustable waist tabs, and a 10″ inseam.

Available in sizes XS-XXL.


DPx HEST/F Mr. DP Ti, 7/64 Hardware

July 8th, 2014


This extremely short run of DPx HEST/F Mr. DP knives is the first to pair the Mr. DP titanium scales with all standard hex hardware which allows for field striping or pivot tension adjustment without a special tool. The Black TiCN PVD coated Niolox steel blade comes in at just above 3″, and is laser engraved with the repeating Mr. DP pattern. Additional modifications include a tungsten carbide glass breaker, combat pocket clip, and newly-designed single spoke RotoBlock for ease of use.

Limited to a run of 35 knives.


Gost Barefoot – Chainmail Shoes

July 7th, 2014


Gost Barefoot is a German company that makes what can be described as chainmail minimalist shoes. The PaleoBarefoot series is made from stainless steel chainmail. The shoes are built for strolling, light hiking, and walking on natural surfaces and in water. For more ‘urban’ environments, they also sell “Multi-Paws”, attachable soft sole spots based on animal paws that provide grip on smooth and paved surfaces.


Limited Edition ‘The Bat’ Deluxe Collectable Set

July 6th, 2014


Sideshow Collectables and Hot Toys has announced a 1/12th scale ‘The Bat’ Deluxe Collectable Set. Part of Hot Toys’ new MMS Compact series, this set consists of high detailed miniatures, including ‘The Bat’ aircraft, with remote controlled LEDs and spinning propeller function, 1/12th scale Batman and Catwoman collectable figures, and the fusion reactor.


Botach Tactical – Magpul Boost Bundle

July 5th, 2014


Botach Tactical is currently selling a Magpul Boost Bundle, which comes with one (1) of each of the following:

- Magpul STR Mil-Spec Stock
- Magpul MOE Grip
- Magpul MOE Carbine Length Handguard
- Magpul MVG Vertical Grip
- Magpul Maglink

Combined, these items come in at 45% off MSRP. Available in Black, FDE, and OD Green.


Always Outnumbered – Brick Operator V1 Patch

July 4th, 2014


Designed in collaboration with Orca Industries, this patch is the first in the Brick Operator series. 1.9″ x 3″, ‘Alex’ is a Velcro backed PVC patch modeled after a LEGO minifig. Manufactured by Combat Swag. Availability is limited, so get it soon if you’re interested.


The First KRYTAC AEGs Hit The Field

July 3rd, 2014

Krytac is the training and simulation arm of KRISS, makers of the Vector SMG. Although there’s still a bit of a ways to go before an official launch, they’ve sent out the first test and evaluation AEG models to select groups. Check out the Krytac Trident M4 CRB gameplay above as provided by Airsoft GI.


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

July 2nd, 2014


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

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

Thanks to Travis Getz for the tip!

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

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

Botach Tactical – Aquamira Water Filtration Sale

July 1st, 2014

Aquamira Straw

Botach Tactical is currently holding a sale on both the Aquamira 30-gallon filter capacity Frontier water filtration straw and Aquamira bottle with 100-gallon filter capacity. Both systems utilize an activated coconut shell carbon filter to remove chlorine, odors, bad tastes, and over 99.9% of Cryptosporidium and Gardia. Miraguard antimicrobial technology suppresses bacteria, algae, fungus, mold, and mildew within the filter. Supplies are limited, so take advantage of the deals while you can.

Aquamira Bottle


Food Network Star Sunny Anderson ‘Grills for Heroes’

June 30th, 2014

U.S. Air Force veteran Sunny Anderson and the Propane Education & Research Council team up to collect recipes and raise money for veterans in new safe grilling campaign

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) — Today the Propane Education & Research Council and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson announce the launch of Grilling for Heroes, a campaign to collect grilling recipes and donations supporting veterans, while raising awareness of safe propane grilling practices.

Submit Best BBQ, Grill Recipes
Now through Sept. 30, 2014, grilling enthusiasts can submit their best recipes online at GrillingForHeroes.com along with a short anecdote about what the military means to them. After the submission period closes, the top 100 entries will be compiled into an online cookbook, which will be available for download Memorial Day 2015. Anderson will also choose her favorite recipe and story submission, and the winner will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C.

“Grilling is not only an American pastime but also one of my favorite ways to prepare delicious food,” Anderson says. “The opportunity to educate my fans and grillers about basic propane grill safety while also honoring fellow military personnel and veterans is deeply important to me.”

Goodwill donations from participating propane retailers and the public will be accepted in exchange for free downloads of the ecookbook next summer. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit veterans through Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families.

Top Grill Safety Tips
According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch survey, more than 60 percent of American home grillers use a propane gas grill. As July Fourth — the top grilling holiday of the year — approaches, PERC reminds grillers to follow important safety tips:

1. Follow instructions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling, using, and maintaining your grill.

2. Keep it outdoors. Outdoor propane grills should be located on a level surface at least five feet from the house, siding, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be a fire hazard.

3. Be smart when lighting and relighting. Keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual. At a minimum, the National Fire Protection Association advises grillers to turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

4. Be present. A true grill master never leaves a grill unattended.

5. Check for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure when replacing a cylinder.

For more information about the campaign, for safe grilling tips, or to submit a grilling recipe and military story, visit GrillingForHeroes.com.

ECHO NiNER Patch Pouch

June 29th, 2014

ECHO NiNER Patch Pouch

This 3.5″ x 2.25″ envelope-style pouch features Velcro on both sides so that it can be sandwiched in between the platform (clothing, vest, etc) and ID placards, Flags or other patches. The Patch Pouch allows you to hide small objects in plain sight.

ECHO NiNER patch pouch - Rear

Available in Black, Coyote and MultiCam.

ECHO NiNER patch pouch - Colors


Ground Branch Update: Rain System

June 28th, 2014

DoorKickers Beta Now Available

June 27th, 2014

Doorkickers Beta

After multiple Alpha iterations, DoorKickers has now reached beta status. The following changes and features have been introduced to the Beta build of DoorKickers:


- Challenges: in addition to the 3-star system, you can now complete challenges for each level. These do not count towards unlocking weapons but do gain your troopers XP.
- Plan saving: all paths up to the first “Play” command are saved and restored when restarting the map, also called the Daimaju feature (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5P849j6q5c).
- Unlockable items: items are now unlocked using the Stars currency.
- Unlockable classes: trooper classes (assaulter/breacher/etc.) are now unlocked by leveling up your squad.
- 8 new firearms.
- 3 new armor types.
- 8 new maps.
- Many improvements to enemy AI.
- Line of sight preview when drawing a path.
- Proper feedback indicators for enemies that are about to execute a hostage + added countdown timers for executioners.
- Feedback for the range of all sounds. Can be switched off in options.
- Added indicators for shield area of cover.
- Added enemy tooltips that show their equipment and intentions.
- When the line of fire is blocked by a friendly unit, a proper graphical indicator is rendered.
- The VIPs in “Protect the VIP” scenarios must be activated by proximity in order to be able to control them.
- Can customize the name/appearance of your troopers (wip, for now you can only loop through all the troopers in the database).
- Can now change resolution from the in-game video options.
- Support for more .wav formats. Previously an unknown format would crash the game.
- Added reverb sound effects (wip).
- Added new graphics/sounds effects (ejecting bullet shells, rain, fire etc.).
- Graphical updates to many maps, including the training ones.
- Improved overall graphics.
- Can now disable map zooming/panning from the options menu.
- Arrested enemies auto-move outside the line of fire between a swat and a fellow enemy.
- Selecting between paths that are over-imposed is now much easier.
- It is now possible to switch between pages in the Single Mission selection screen, via the small buttons on the bottom.

- Fixed the 50 mods limit downloaded from Steam.
- The “Export replay to movie” feature now works correctly on more (all?) hardware configurations (and faster).
- A crash that would sometimes happen after enabling/disabling mods and playing a game.
- Mods are no longer deleted after starting the game in offline mode.
- Deploy slots no longer look weird on very large screen resolutions.
- Flashbangs that could sometimes kill an enemy if they hit him.
- Too many trooper radio sounds in replays.
- A bug where shields would not stop bullets coming from grazing angles.
- Snipers can no longer target VIPs.
- A bug where modded weapons would show up more than one time in the equipment menu.
Modding / Structure changes:

- When updating a mod, the mod.xml “description” field is no longer updated on Steam Workshop.
- Can now use additional breaching charge types on a door.
- Maximum map size is no longer hardcoded at 4096×4096, though it’s still limited by the maximum texture size supported by the GPU. Recommended 8192×8192.
- Added more rendering layers (can now control which item renders on top of what item with more precision).
- All weapon mods that use bullet_trace.tga + bullet_trace_shotgun.tga should now use the .dds versions. Will remove the .tga ones in the next update.
- All weapon mods should update the firearms flare rendering layers to mimic the ones in the new equipment.xml version.
- All weapon mods should add bullet-shell-on-the-ground sounds like in equipment.xml. If your mod already added such sounds (e.g. SiC), make sure to take them out or add them using the new fields in equipment.xml.
- Graphics / Explosion sounds for flashbangs/breaching charges are now moddable. Mods that modify the flashbangs/breaching charges should modify them according to the new equipment.xml (added the explosion sounds and graphics).
- Crowbar/lock-picks added to the equipment items and can now be modded.


Botach Tactical – Colt Sweepstakes

June 26th, 2014

Colt LE6940

Botach Tactical is currently holding a sweepstakes for either a Colt LE6940 or $1000 dollar gift certificate if the winner is unable to receive the rifle. Contest ends July 31st, so get your entry in while you can. For full rules and to enter the contest, visit the link below.


Freedom Hill Gear – C.B.A. Shirt

June 26th, 2014


Do you always provide the ammo when you take a few friends along for a day at the range? Well, Freedom Hill’s C.B.A. shirt lets everyone know that nobody shoots for free. Printed on the back is a Live Free or Die snake design. The shirts are 5.3 oz Cotton Gildan.

Available in Black and O.D. Green.

About the Company

Freedom Hill Gear was established in 2013 in Gilsum, New Hampshire after the owner won the right to retain a firearms range on his property. Freedom Hill Gear focuses on education of firearms use in New Hampshire, providing basic and advanced training, along with NH-themed merchandise. Later this Summer, they will be hosting a couple of classes by Rob Pincus and DRF Training.


Warhammer 40K – The Lord Inquisitor Fan Film

June 25th, 2014

This is a teaser for ‘The Lord Inquisitor’, a fan film based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K property.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 Gameplay

June 24th, 2014

The Baby Andrew Fund

June 23rd, 2014

SBT LOGO baby andrew

Michael Wratten, President of Shellback Tactical, has informed us that his nephew Andrew Wilson Wratten has been diagnosed with Neuroplastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Currently, there is a crowdfunding effort on GiveForward as well as a Donation Account set up at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union at the request of the Blue Ribbon Trust. You can donate to either organization through the links below. The SSD family sends their support to Andrew Wratten and we look forward to his speedy recovery.