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Radical Firearms to Supply Police and Security Forces in Brazil

August 17th, 2018

Radical Firearms is proud to share its recent partnership with local law enforcement in Brazil. Just a few days ago Radical Firearms completed delivery of 150 RF-15 rifles to the PPCE (Polícia Civil do Estado do Ceará, or Ceará State Civil Police).

Ceará is but one of 13 Brazilian states who have chosen Radical Firearms for their security forces.

The selection of the RF-15 was completed after an extensive evaluation process. Included in that was a visit to the Radical Firearms facility by a team from C.O.R.E. (Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais, the civil police tactical unit of Rio de Janeiro) and members of the Brazilian government. This particular model of RF-15 were built with a specialty maritime coating to deal with humidity and other unique conditions of the PPCE’s operational area.


These RF-15s were part of a larger order of imported weapons for Brazilian agency, which also included a large number of .40 S&W SIG SAUER P320s and five Armalite AR-10 SuperSASS rifles. Although this initial import was to equip PPCE agents only, additional weapons will be imported by the end of the year for other agencies, including the PPCE’s military counterpart, the PMCE (Policia Militar do Ceara Policia Militar do Brasil). Unlike PPCE agents, PMCE personnel do not conduct traditional criminal investigations, but rather work special emphasis operations to deter violent crime. Other Brazilian agencies, including PCES PMES (Polícia Militar and Polícia Civil do Estado do Espírito Santo) are also in the process of upgrading their weapons and equipment.

Historically, Brazilian agencies have been required to source firearms from such local manufacturers as IMBEL and Taurus, but that is slowly changing. In fact, as TFB’s Ronaldo Olive reports, Brazil’s Departamento de Polícia Federal (Federal Police Department) and the Polícia Rodoviaria Federal (Federal Highway Police) have both been equipped with foreign-built weapons.

The RF-15 is a 5.56mm rifle with 1 in 7″ Twist 16 in. 4140V Chromoly Melonite Coated barrel. It features M4 feed ramps, 1/2×28 thread pitch, a low profile micro gas block system, and fore end quad Pic Rails. Options for bolt carrier group, charging handle, and rail furniture are available.

Ceará is one of 27 states in Brazil, and is the 8th largest, with a population of some nine million people (about the same as Virginia). It covers a geographic area somewhere between that of Minnesota and Michigan. Its capital, Fortaleza, is the fourth most populous city in Brazil, a major ocean port and a significant tourist destination. The crime rate there is very high, and like many urban areas suffers from the violent activities of organized gangs (such as the Comando Vermelho and Guardiões do Estado). It has recently significantly increased its available manpower.


Photos by Paolo Bedran and PPCE

It’s National Airborne Day

August 16th, 2018

Conversation a few years ago at the dinner table.

So one of my sons asks me, “Dad, what’s a leg?”

I answered, “Everyone on your mother’s side of the family son.”

True story…

He’s now 18 and started his path toward an A license while waiting in DEP to join the service.

Happy Airborne Day to all of you Paratroopers out there!

Magpul Hunter American Stock – Ruger American Short Action, Now Available

August 16th, 2018

Now available, the Magpul Hunter American Stock, for the Ruger American Short Action.

Magpul started with an anodized aluminum bedding block and added reinforced polymer to give you the durability, features, reliability and comfort you’ve come to expect from all of our stocks. The Magpul Hunter American offers users a cost-effective replacement to the factory stock that features enhanced ergonomics and a fully adjustable length of pull and comb height. Compatible with Ruger American Short Action rifles, this stock requires no bedding, and is a true “drop-in” solution for the end user.

• Compatible with Ruger American short action rifles
• Bolt Action Magazine Well & PMAG 5 7.62 AC included for Reliable detachable box magazine compatibility
• Reinforced polymer construction with Type III Hard anodized, machine finished cast aluminum bedding block
• High strength steel recoil lugs
• Compatible with barrel profiles up to medium palma
• Adjustable LOP from 13.0”-15.0” with included 0.50” Spacers
• Optional cheek riser kit to adjust cheek weld (stock comes pre-fitted with 0.25” Riser)
• M-LOK compatible for additional accessories

Available in Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Grey.


Trijicon Awarded $7.6 Mil for USSOCOM Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics Program

August 16th, 2018

USSOCOM has selected the Trijicon solution for their Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics Program. Under MAS-D, there are four different systems: Handgun Reflex Sight, Close Quarters Sight, Squad Variable Power Scope and Precision Variable Power Scope.

This award is for the Handgun Reflex Sight (HRS), which is designed for rapid day and night pistol target engagements. It incorporates an illuminated dot or shape imposed on a Wide Field of View (WFOV) lens to increase the speed of target acquisition when maneuvering in confined spaces, or in extremis if the primary weapon malfunctions.

With Trijicon winning it is based on their RMR Type 2 and will assuredly be mounted to SOCOM’s Glock 19s.

The RMR’s Aiming Dot features eight adjustable brightness settings including 2 NV and 1 super bright. It’s powered by a CR2032 battery which lasts up to 4 years at a brightness setting of 4 out of 8. Additionally, it automatically adjusts to ambient lighting conditions after 16.5 hours and there is a lockout feature for the buttons. It is also waterproof to 20m.

Trijicon Inc., Wixom, Michigan,* is awarded a $7,626,587 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for handgun reflex sights for the miniature aiming system – day optics program. The handgun reflex sight is a low profile, wide field of view, passive sight for rapid day and night pistol target engagements in confined spaces, while prisoner handling, or in extremis after the primary weapon malfunctions. Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by August 2023. Fiscal 2018 defense procurement funding in the amount of $1,158,052 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016418DJQ25).

The award was decided on best value. SOCOM plans to field over 14,000 of these optics to its various components.

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 30 How to Carry Concealed, with Jeff Gonzales

August 16th, 2018

SureFire Field Notes is a multi-segment informational video series with tips and techniques from subject matter experts of all backgrounds. In this episode, Jeff Gonzalez of Trident Concepts, discusses the proper considerations for concealed carry.

Jeff Gonzales heads Trident Concepts, LLC a reality based company specializing in personal protection tactics and training for armed and unarmed conflicts. Their motto is “Concepts that meet reality.”

He was a decorated and respected US Navy SEAL and has worked in a variety of environments and capacities throughout the globe. He brings to the company not only his hard & soft skills, but also his ability to manage and exploit the staff to best serve the interests of the company and their clients. Their goal is not simply to train you, but to better prepare you for the worst-case scenario.

He has also finished authoring the book Combative Fundamentals, An Unconventional Approach, now available for retail purchase. Presently, the book is keeping pace as a best seller and is considered by most to have set the high-water mark as an excellent resource. A must have for serious shooters across the board.

BE Meyers & Co Upgrades MAWL With New Toolless Capability

August 16th, 2018


B.E. Meyers & Co. has enhanced the capabilities of the Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL®) with its latest offering, the EndCap 2 (EC2). In keeping with B.E. Meyers & Co.’s unwavering commitment to the end user, the EC2 introduces two new features for improved performance with the MAWL:

1. A Threaded battery cap that allows for replacement of the MAWL’s battery without tools.
2. Redesigned remote fire ports for easy access when the MAWL is mounted to a platform.


Performing a battery change on the MAWL is simplified with the EC2. Its threaded battery cap can be loosened or tightened by hand, and makes the MAWL easy to maintain in environments where time is critical, and small tools may not be available or practical.


The redesigned geometry of the EC2 moves the remote fire ports to the top of the endcap and spaces them apart to facilitate quick access when the MAWL is mounted to a rifle. This extended spacing also provides additional clearance for any other wiring or accessories mounted to the platform.


The MAWL is an inherently modular device, allowing for the three components, head, body, and end cap, to be easily swapped or exchanged.  


The EC2 is fully compatible with the entire MAWL family of weapon lasers, and can be purchased individually or as part of a complete MAWL.

For more information about the EC2 visit www.bemeyers.com.

Attention Military Retirees – The Dental Program Is Changing

August 16th, 2018

If you’re a military retiree like me, you’ve been using the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program through Delta Dental, but that’s going away at the end of this year.

Instead, we’ll be eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). In addition to dental insurance we can also get vision coverage which is a welcome addition for me as I started wearing glasses a few years ago.

New coverage will begin 1 January, 2019, but you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. It is imperative you enroll during the Federal Benefits Open Season, which is November 12–December 10, 2018.

Visit www.tricare.benefeds.com for more information.

Gear On The Fly – TRAK XL

August 15th, 2018

The Trak XL is Flavio Pellegrino’s third Kickstarter campaign, with the first being the Titanium Runner’s Anywhere Knife.


Originally envisioned as a backup or “last ditch” knife for scuba divers caught in fishing line, the TRAK XL transformed into a neck knife designed for females to protect from assaults while out running alone. Naturally, it can be used for a wide variety of applications.

•  Larger Two Finger Design – Improved Retention – Cannot be dropped – Fits like a glove
• 2.2″ Blade Length – For increased cutting ability
• Titanium features single 2.2″ blade on bottom edge
• S35VN features two blade edges (2.2″ & 1.25″)
• Thicker stock material – Improved comfort
• Redesigned carry sheath – Easy access & increased retention
• Anti-Slip jimping – Improved control when wet
• Hollow ground cutting edge – Finer/sharper cutting edge
• Made in USA

Carry options include Neck, Belt, Backpack, or Armband.