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First Spear Media Range Day

Monday, January 14th, 2013

First Spear, along with Renegade Armor, Wilcox, and Aimpoint, sponsored a media range day at the Las Vegas metropolitan police department firing range. Three ranges were set up, with the first two featuring rifles by H&K and LMT, and pistols by Nighthawk Custom and SIG Sauer. The third range featured something a bit more exotic: rifles by FERFRANS, who are known for their Delayed Sear Activation System. This system made the 7.5″ 5.56 SCW PDW very controllable when fired in full-auto. It’s also very likely this system was responsible for reducing the felt recoil of the 7.62 SOACR near 5.56 levels. Wilcox also had demonstrations of their breaching torch technology; seeing the torch used to melt through rebar as quickly as it did was impressive. Overall, it was a great media day that offered the chance to try out some truly fantastic firearms.

FPSRussia’s Manager Found Dead

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Keith Ratliff, manager of Kyle Myers AKA Dmitri Potapoff of FPSRussia, was found dead yesterday with a single gunshot to the head. Although currently being treated as a homicide, the details surrounding Ratliff’s death are being investigated. Besides being FPSRussia’s manager, Keith Ratliff also held the FFL that allowed the popular YouTube personality access to the firearms he used in his videos.

Hat Tip: http://libertyandsuch.com/manager-of-fpsrussia-found-murdered/

The Stopped Dead – A ‘The Walking Dead’ Infographic

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Richard Johnson and Andrew Barr of ‘The National Post’ created this infographic that details all the on-screen carnage against zombies in the AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’, split up between seasons, characters, and tools of use. Click to enlarge.

The National Post – Stopping The Dead

The Ultimate Survival Gun?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

This is an attempt by ‘Petersen’s Hunting’, a hunting publication based under Intermedia Outdoors, to create the ultimate, most versatile survival firearm possible. They started with a Stoeger’s Double Defense as a base, then added modifications which include: drilled holes in the stock to accommodate spare gun parts, accessories, and chamber inserts for the use of multiple shotshells and calibers of amunition, inserting a compass into the stock, a fire steel inlaid into the forearm, a micro tool held in the forend with a magnet, replacement iron sights, a laser/light combo, red dot sight, and stock mounted cartridge sling and cheek pad/pouch.

Petersen’s Hunting – Is This The Ultimate Survival Gun?

Laser Cut Dollar Snubnosed .38 Revolver

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

This is part of a collection of laser cut sculptures made from US currency by Brooklyn-based artist Scott Campbell. Although the rest of the collection seems to be missing any additional firearms-based imagery, there’s plenty of kick-ass skulls, bones, and reapers that more than make up for it.

http://scottcampbellstudio.com/

Here’s A Couple Of Great Cracked.Com Articles

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

I was visiting Cracked.com and read a couple of humorous articles on common Hollywood-inspired weapon myths and unorthodox weapons used by militaries:

5 Weapon myths You Probably Believe (Thanks To Movies)

5 Military Weapons Clearly Designed by a 5-Year-Old

Drones+ Rejected By Apple For App Store

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Drones+ iPhone App from Josh Begley on Vimeo.

Drones+ is an app designed by Josh Begley that has a simple premise: actively mark (via a ‘pushpin’) on a map the locations and other data on/facts about U.S. drone strikes. The information that’s used is already compiled by and pulled from the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism. However, Apple’s review team has denied the app availability on the app store not once, but three times. The reasons given included: “The features and/or content of your app were not useful or entertaining enough… or your app did not appeal to a broad enough audience.”. Later, an additional attempt yielded this response: “We found that your app contains content that many audiences would find objectionable, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines”. While I don’t have any opinion on whether the app’s rejection is a good or bad thing, it seems pretty clear that Apple feels this app may incite controversy with some groups and is trying to avoid any potential issues.

Hat Tip: Wired.com

SPP-1 Underwater Pistol

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The SPP-1 is a Cold War-era firearm of Russian make, designed specifically for use by Soviet Frogmen. It fires 4.5mm steel darts from four individual barrels. The pistol uses a double action firing mechanism and fires each barrel one at at time, with the striker (mounted on a rotating base) rotating to each barrel as the trigger is pulled. Also developed was the Avtomat Podvodnyi Spetsialnyi, an underwater assault rifle that fired 5.66mm darts and was fed using a 26-round detachable box magazine. Of course, the Soviets weren’t unique in their development of multi-barreled underwater firearms: the Underwater Defense Gun Mark 1 Mod 0 and H&K P11 were designed and used by the United States and allied nations for similar purposes.

Hat Tips:

Gizmodo.com

Small Arms Defense Journal

Chris Costa X Tactical Distributors

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Tactical Distributors has just announced their partnership with Chris Costa and Costa Ludus. First up is ‘Costa’s Corner’, a dedicated page that highlights gear selected and used by Costa himself, including tactical lights, headlamps, clothing, and weapon accessories, all available for sale on the TD website. Also, Tactical Distributors will be the exclusive provider of Arc’Teryx gear that’s embroidered with the Costa Ludus logo.

http://costaludus.com/

http://tacticaldistributors.com

Maxpedition Bags In The New Die Hard Movie

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Here’s an AP pic from the set of ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, the fifth movie in the ‘Die Hard’ series, which features the Maxpedition Sovereign Load-Out Duffel; other Maxpedition gear will be featured in the movie. In regards to the title of the upcoming ‘Die Hard’ sequel: yeah, the title’s a bit of a groaner, but hopefully it’ll be better than the last one.

Weapons Of Mass Creation

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The ‘Weapons of Mass Creation’ series is a set of prints by Justin Kamerer of Angryblue that each feature items related to a subject which form the contents of a different weapon: ‘Music’, ‘Cooking’, and ‘Art’ are a tank, grenade, and bomb, respectively. The prints are available for individual sale or as a set, and are limited to 150 pieces each. They’re pretty damn cool looking regardless of any message the artist may or may not have been trying to convey.

Angryblue.com

Maxim Hometown Hotties: Hotties Shooting Guns

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This is a preview of the Maxim Hometown Hotties: Hotties Shooting Guns video. Supposedly the full video was available here, but at the time of writing the link was down.

Maxim.com

World War II In Photos – A Retrospective In 20 Parts

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

‘World War II In Photos – A Retrospective In 20 Parts’ is a collection of photo essays on In Focus with Allen Taylor of The Atlantic. Each essay features 45 photos relating to subjects such as Operation Barbarossa and the North African Campaign. The essays were relased each Sunday, starting on June 19th, with the final four still to come until the 30th of this month.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/ww2.html

The Science Behind Gears Of War

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Gears of War 3 came out on Tuesday, and it’s a blast. A lot of the enjoyment has to do with the ridiculous weaponry, like chainsaw bayonets, guns that shoot living grenades and orbital laser cannons, and insane enemies, like the Locust Drones, Corpsers and the Lambent. Obviously, when you’re dealing with such fantastical elements there’s a (rather large) degree of implausibility, if not outright impossibility, you just have to accept, right? It seems that’s only partially true. According to this Gamepro article at least a few of those elements are somewhat plausible according to several PhDs. So, the chances of there being independently evolved Homo Sapien-esque organisms on another planet is greater than finding an underground Godzilla and raising him as a pet? Bummer.

Prince Harry The Action Figure*

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Hornby, a UK-based model company, is set to release a collection of eight 3-inch figures depicting British troops in Afghanistan along with various vehicles including tanks and helicopters. Interestingly enough, one of the troops being modeled is Prince Harry. More specifically, a famous picture of him on patrol in Helmand Province in 2008 is being used as the basis for the figure. Although his uniform and equipment will be featured on the model, his likeness will not. The collection will be available in February, 2012.

hornby.com

Original Story- Express.co.uk

*This figure does not feature Kung-Fu grip

Everybody do your part: Join Skynet!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Yes, you too could contribute to Skynet (not, according to its staff, the one that was supposed to kill us on April 19th).

The website says Have a computer? Want to help astronomers make awesome discoveries and understand our Universe? Then theSkyNet needs you! In fairness, this could be a great idea, but personally we think it sounds better if you read it with the voice of the narrator from the Starship Troopers movies.

Contribute to real scientific research and help scientists unlock the mysteries of our Universe!

Your computer is bored. It has spare computing power nearly all the time that could be used to do something cool. So why not let it? By connecting 100s and 1000s of computers together through the Internet, it’s possible to simulate a single machine capable of doing some pretty amazing stuff. That’s what the SkyNet is all about – using your spare computing power to process radio astronomy data.

The Skynet.

Nothing could go wrong here, right? It’s not like it could become self aware (Google will be doing that).

This article is credited to Richard Kilgore of breachbangclear.com.

How to Live Like James Bond For a Weekend

Friday, September 16th, 2011

This i09 article, written by Steve Kamb, shows how with a bit of know-how and smart use of multiple credit cards with rewards points, he was able to spend a weekend in Monaco playing James Bond, just without all the killing and sneaking around (IMO, the best part of being Bond). A pretty good read. He even gives away the names of the cards he used along with some basic instructions, if you were so inclined to also act like Mi6’s best.

Designer Diapers In Camouflage

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Apparently designer diapers are a really big thing right now. This naturally has led to Huggies coming up with camouflage diapers (since camouflage is always fashionable, amirite?). Now, while I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of this Navy-esque pattern for your toddler in the field, there is a good cause behind it: every package sold equals a diaper donated to a needy military service family. If you’re looking to buy some of these, they’re available exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Hat Tip: USA Today

The Crown Vic Retires

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

One of the most iconic police cars in the US, the Crown Victoria, is finally being retired by Ford. Although the Crown Vic wasn’t available from licensed dealers since 2008, Ford continued to sell to police departments until this year. The cars Ford is replacing the Crown Vic with? A Tarus variant and the Explorer SUV. Commence laughing at any time; the Tarus sucks. Some good news comes from this though, since I’ll no longer have to wonder if any old dudes rocking Crown Vics on the highway are just playing cop or really driving an unmarked car.

Hat Tip: freep.com

Game up for Gaddafi? Rebels enter Tripoli

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Take a look at NMAWorldEdition‘s unique take on the recent events in Libya.

Thanks to @PredatorBDU for the link.

A Brief History Of The Ancient Science Of Sword Making

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

This i09 article details a brief history of sword making, from bronze to iron, including the ever-elusive ‘Damascus Steel’. A decent read, and a great reminder that humanity’s had no problem with killing each other before the invention of gunpowder.

Peter Thiel Puts Funding Into Seasteading Institute – All Guns Allowed

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, has just sunk $1.25 million of his own money into the Seasteading Institute, an organization that essentially wants to create an above-the-ocean version of Rapture. Lack of genetics-altering, stem cell-loaded sea slugs aside, this seems like a fantastic idea, especially after reading this quote: “a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.” Honestly, you’d figure billionaires would be rich enough to sit down and play more video games. Andrew Ryan tried this in the 50’s and he ended up with a civil war on his hands… wait, “…few restrictions on weapons.”? It’s decided, I’m sold! Now, where do I apply for citizenship?

Hat Tip: News.Yahoo.com

Ares Armor Company Promo Video

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

This excellent promo vid by Ares Armor Company showcases their products not by blatantly stating their intended uses, but by getting out in the field and using them. Ares’s full range of slings, packs, rigs and the EFFIN-A compensator are featured in full force, but not by name, forcing curious viewers to actually search for the items, which potentially drums up more interest. A smart move on Ares’s part that sets a new standard for promo vids.

http://www.aresarmor.com/

Mission First Tactical Outbreak: Omega 4 Trailer

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Check out this trailer for the upcoming two-part series of Mission First Tactical attending the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot 2011. From the looks of the trailer, if you like the following: guns, bravado, a bit of humor and a fun shoot with plenty of zombie targets, then this is a video series worth checking out when its released.

http://www.missionfirsttactical.com/
http://outbreakomega.com/index.html

Orange Peel Flame Thrower? Tell me more.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

See, oranges like to attract animals to eat the fruit so they’ll “pass along” the seeds so further generations of oranges can grow. Basically, the circle of life at work. However, not everything that eats oranges can and/or will pass along these seeds, namely mold and insects; they just like the sugar. So, in order to protect itself, the orange has a system of pouches in the peel that hold an oil. When a pouch is ruptured by, say, a hungry insect, the oil spurts forth and kills the intruder. It just so happens this oil is also flammable, so if you squeeze some on an open flame… well, I’m sure that’s self-explanatory.

tl/dr: Orange peel oil is flammable. Just watch the video above.

Just remember that Tactical Fanboy in no way, shape or form is condoning playing/experimenting with fire and/or potentially dangerous natural oils. It’s simply for entertainment purposes only.

Hat tip: io9