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Picatinny Receives Award for Cost Savings

July 28th, 2016

The office of the Under Secretary of Defense has awarded Program Executive Office Ammunition at Picatinny two 2015 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards during a June 28 ceremony at the Pentagon.

Value Engineering, or VE, is a DOD effort to systematically and creatively analyze the function of items or systems to ensure required functions are achieved at the lowest possible overall cost and their VE procedures have saved the DOD more than $140 million combined.

In the Special award category, the Picatinny team institied these changes:

Elimination of Testing Requirement for the M18A1 Claymore Mine

Function analysis of the Transportation Vibration testing requirement for the M18A1 Claymore Antipersonnel Mine explored the continued need for extensive testing requirements for Claymore mines. By analyzing historical data, engineers were able to determine that some testing requirements for the Claymore were unnecessary and could be eliminated. This reduced the cost and time associated with the previous testing standard. The overall Value Engineering Savings: $49,000.

Clipped Bulk Pack for 5.56 mm pack out

This Value Engineering effort designed and developed the 5.56 mm ammunition Clipped Bulk Pack, an ammunition pack that holds 5.56 mm bullets, to gain significant savings over the current AB57 bandoleer-style pack. A bandoleer is a belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges. The Clipped Bulk Pack eliminates the need for bandoleers and provides for 60 additional rounds per M2A1 metal ammunition container. It is more robust, with longer shelf life than the existing fiberboard commercial pack. The overall Value Engineering Savings: $1.731 million.

Removing the Base Cover Assembly of 120 mm HE Projectile

120 mm High Explosive (HE) Mortar Projectiles previously required a base cover be welded to the aft, or back, of the projectile to avoid a catastrophic failure if there is a defect called a “pipe” in the body. This VE effort eliminated the base cover through an enhanced ultrasonic inspection process that will be able to detect the same “pipe” defect. The overall Value Engineering Savings: $277,000.

For the project/program award they institued the re-use of the 155mm M483A1 shell bodies.

The Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems won the “project” award for its work developing a process to re-use 155 mm M483A1 Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) shell bodies in producing M1123 and M1124 Extended Range IR and VL Illuminating projectiles. This provides the U.S. Soldiers with extended range illumination and an additional 5km of range at a considerable reduced price.

The re-use of the 155mm M483A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) shell bodies achieved a net three year savings of $32.197 million.

From left: Kristen Baldwin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering; Saleem Ghazi, Branch Chief – Smoke/Illumination Mortars/Artillery in Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems; David Kondas, Senior Project Officer – Smoke/Illumination Mortars/Artillery in PM Combat Ammunition Systems; William Marriott, Deputy to the Commanding General, Aviation and Missile Command. Kondas and Ghazi received the Department of Defense “Project” Value Engineering award during a ceremony June 28. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

From left: Kristen Baldwin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, Chris Grassano, Chief of Staff for Program Executive Office Ammunition, Barbara Gabbard, Lean Six Sigma Deployment Director for PEO Ammunition, and William Marriott, Deputy to the Commanding General, Aviation and Missile Command. Grassano and Gabbard accepted the Department of Defense “Special” Value Engineering Award on behalf of PEO Ammunition during a ceremony June 28. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

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Countdown to the 2017 Defoor Proformance Training Schedule

July 27th, 2016

I just got this note from Kyle Defoor.

Our complete 2017 open enrollment schedule will be posted around 0200 Zulu Friday July 29.

For the past two years we have sold out of every class and had full waiting lists months out from the actual class dates. This year we strived to get the full schedule out at one time and early to allow everyone an equal chance to grab a slot. Luckily, due to an election year, almost all of our mil/LE/ and gov clients scheduled 2017 training early as well so we are one month ahead of schedule.

In 2016 I added a much needed medical block to all OE classes and it has been met with great enthusiasm and success. In 2010 we added a mindset brief that has become part of who we are. Once again next year we are adding more value to the classes by conducting combatives in each class to go with the firearm being taught. To us this is welcome and timely. Along with mindset and basic medical we all here at DPS feel these are interconnected skills for our target audience and should be taught together. In the past, this wasn’t possible but just as a shooter gets better with practice and gear changes over time I and my crew have gotten better and learned how to teach more effectively. Having over 1000 students a year for a 5 years in a row does that.

Students will again see and experience direct feedback from our contracted work in regards to how we are able to fit in these additional subjects and still maintain the shooting curriculum we have become known for. Yes there are longer hours but we think everyone will appreciate the effort and knowledge spread from the ten thousand hands that came before us.

Me and the boys look forward to training with all those who choose to burn some quality reps with us in 2017. Thank you to all those that follow, support, train with, and allow us the opportunity.

Kyle Defoor

SKD Tactical – PIG Delta Gloves In Stock

July 27th, 2016

The Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Delta Utility Glove is finally ready to ship. (MSRP $29.95)

This premium slip-on tactical glove offers the most popular features from our previous models in a low-cost option that still gives you the superior high-dexterity fit you only get from the PIG Full Dexterity Tactical line-up.

-Full touchscreen compatible forefinger and thumb
-Fold-over finger construction to eliminate fingertip discomfort
-Single-layer palm for tactile sensitivity
-Bar-tacked paracord pull loop
-Silicon printed grip on the palm
-Elastic wrist for quick don and doff sequence
-Available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green & Carbon Grey

Designed as a “Utility” glove, if you use your tactical shooting gloves both on and off the range, the PIG FDT Delta Utility Glove is the best solution on the market today for ease of use, durability and the tactile-dexterity you need to make your shot count!

Leupold Expands Phone Hours to Better Serve Customers

July 27th, 2016

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has expanded the hours of its Tech Services call center, making it even easier for Leupold owners to access the product expertise of the services staff.

Based at Leupold’s Beaverton, Oregon, manufacturing facility, the Tech Services staff can help callers resolve issues, answer usage questions or even help customers decide which Leupold product is right for their needs. With decades of combined experience on staff, the Tech Services department can handle almost any question thrown its way.
“For Leupold, customer service has always been a top priority,” said Rob Morrison, vice president global marketing at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Providing Gold Ring Full Lifetime Guarantee support is certainly a primary mission, but we also are here to help our customers get the most out of their Leupold gear. From picking a reticle to learning about the Custom Dial System® to finding out what mount options exist, we’re here to help.”

Tech Services representatives will be available starting at 5 a.m. Pacific Time and will be on-hand to offer their assistance until 8 p.m. This allows Tech Services to offer assistance to Leupold customers from the East Coast all the way to Hawaii at times that are convenient.

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Mission Ready Announces PTF Manufacturing

July 27th, 2016

Mission Ready Services Inc has announced a new manufacturing division, PTF Manufacturing Inc, located in Jacksboro, Tennessee.

Jeff Schwartz, who some of you may remember from LC Industries,will run PTFM which will offer tactical outerwear, canine armor, bomb suits/blankets, riot control protection, carriers, textiles with integrated electronics and ballistic panels.

“The PTF Manufacturing team brings significant value to our existing and future relationships through a wealth of skills and experience that will enable us to efficiently deliver quality, custom tactical and armor products,” states Rod Reum, President & CEO of Mission Ready Services Inc. “The ability to manufacture the products we have developed will allow us to retain margins internally, bid more competitively, control quality and preserve our know how.”

They’ve already established over 30 dealers, and I’m looking forward to seeing the technologies they’ve developed, like the Ballistic Combat Shirt, brought to market.

The choice of establishing manufacturing in Tennessee, was wise. Many textile manufacturers are located in Tennessee. In their case, they’re located in a Tennessee HubZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) and they’ve been offered tax credits and business incentives which could amount to over $1 Million in the first year alone.

SOF Dynamic – Remote Pull Line

July 27th, 2016

This remote pull line from SOF Dynamic, LLC consists of 100ft of Amsteel Blue, 7/64″ thick, 1600 lbs braided high tensile line in a Tactical Rope Pouch (4.5″x7.5″) with drawstring.

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Haley Strategic Partners – D3CRX

July 27th, 2016

HSP has introduced a new version of their popular Disruptive Environments Chest Rig with an X-style harness. The rifle magazine pouches still accept AR type magazines as well as AK 7.62 x39mm and 5.45 x 39 magazines but it has a couple of changes from the original. For example, they’ve added two Multi-Mission pouches which accept standard double or single stack pistol magazines, as well as many handheld lights, multi-tools, and 37mm/40mm grenades.  Additionally, the full Velcro field allows the rig to be outfitted with the latest D3CR accessories as well as assist in full contact connection with plate carriers. Finally, as you can see below, the removable the X harness features a floating overlap which will move with you.

Offered in Black, Coyote, MultiCam and MultiCam Black.

Shellback Tactical – Plano Police Select Banshee Plate Carrier

July 27th, 2016

Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that the Original Banshee Plate Carrier in Black has been selected by the Plano Police Department (Plano, TX). The Plano Police Department is the 4th largest agency in Texas and located just 30 mins North of Dallas. With the recent unfathomable, cowardly, tragic incident that occurred in Dallas against Law Enforcement. This Life-saving equipment is important more than ever.

For the evaluation. The Plano Police Department put a team together to evaluate plate carriers for the agency. They evaluated approx. 10 potential carriers. After their in depth evaluation they selected the Banshee Plate Carrier for several reasons. Ease of use, the range of officers the carrier would fit, price point, quality and long term durability. They will be issuing and fielding 350 Banshee Plate Carriers to start into their patrol division. The Banshee has also been adopted as their official carrier and will be issued to all new hire officers as well.

Shellback Tactical is happy to have been evaluated and selected. In the current environment of Law Enforcement being targeted, it is great to see another Police agency preparing and investing in their personnel.

If your agency is interested in more details on the evaluation or outfitting its personnel with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, Helmets, and complete active shooter kits. Please contact for info, quotes (RFQS). We are here to help. Shellback Tactical’s roots are in Law Enforcement with the owner being a retired LEO himself. Protecting as many Law Enforcement as possible has become our highest priority. Soon, Shellback Tactical is sending personnel to the Plano-Dallas Metro area to meet with several other agencies regarding their needs for active shooter protective gear. If you are an agency that would like more information on our visit, you can also email

Shellback Tactical founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life-saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.