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Sneak Peek – The Helios Mat from NEMO Equipment

September 17th, 2014

The Helios Mat from NEMO Equipment made its debut during August’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. This companion to the popular Helios Shower will be available early 2015.


X320 Thermal Imaging Device from EOTech

September 17th, 2014

The L3 Thermal Eye X320 Night Vision Thermal Imaging Device is a monocular camera initially unveiled during SHOT Show. I had the chance to try one out earlier this year during an industry hog hunt and was very impressed.

X320 increased

The X320 is offers 320×240 resolution with white hot, black hot, and 3-color modes. Capable of 2x, 3x, and 4x zoom, it can detect human activity from up to 800 yards away. An onboard video port allows for simultaneous recording, and included user interface software allows for customizable camera features. The X320 is capable of a run time of up to 6 hours on 2 AA batteries. Available in either 30 Hz or 9 Hz.

ADS, Inc – Featured Products For EOY – Combat Support

September 17th, 2014


ADS, Inc. has recently been posting details on the various companies underneath their fold from which they can supply customers the products necessary to fulfill said customers’ EOY requirements.


This time, they featured the products of HDT Global. HDT provides products which are designed to fulfill integrated expeditionary infrastructure and emergency management response solutions. These products include:

- Environmental Control Units (heaters & air conditioners)

- Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, and Nuclear (CBRN) Air Filtration & Decontamination Systems

- Shelters & Accessories

- Mobile Generators

For more information, and to see the full complement of equipment from HDT and other manufacturers on offer by ADS, visit

PIG Skins Barricade Pads by HOG Saddle

September 17th, 2014


PIG Skins Barricade Pads were created by the same guys who came up with the HOG Saddle. Made from the same Berry compliant recoil reducing, UV resistant, urethane that is also used on the HOG & PIG Saddle units, they were designed to reduce the effects of recoil while firing from hard surfaces.


Available in two sizes, 6” x 1.5″ and 4.5″ x 1.5″, they attach to the rifle stock via Velcro.



Currently all PIG Skins are a Patriot Brown color w/ Coyote Brown Velcro.

Wilcox Industries Upgrades RAPTAR-Lite ES With 300 Lumen SureFire Illumination Head

September 17th, 2014

Newington, NH - Wilcox Industries, manufacturer of tactical equipment, has upgraded the visible light head on their RAPTAR-Lite Eye Safe (ES) ™ laser aiming/illumination device. The upgraded 300 Lumen SureFire® illumination head provides increased capability and versatility for the operator, with seven selectable output-illumination levels.


The RAPTAR-Lite ES model accommodates Military, Law Enforcement and the Sportsman-Outdoor communities. It offers a visible red aiming laser, an infrared aiming laser, and a variable focus infrared illuminator, along with the updated visible illumination flashlight head. The unique wrap-around low profile design allows the operator an unimpeded view. An easy to read LED display indicates the selected modes of operation, active laser emission and low battery indication. The display is adjustable for both day and NVG conditions.

All of the features and functions of the RAPTAR-Lite ES are controlled by ergonomic buttons within the housing of the unit. Included with this unit is a remote pressure pad which mirrors the same button configuration as on the unit, allowing for a quick adjustments and a variety of mounting positions. The visible illuminator and IR flood intensity can be controlled “On the Fly” through either the remote pressure pad or through the unit itself. While compact and lightweight, the RAPTAR-Lite ES does not require the use of special tools for installation or removal. This system can be mounted two ways: directly onto the rail using the ¼”-20 screw or using the included rail interface. A single CR123 battery powers the RAPTAR-Lite ES. All lasers within the RAPTAR-Lite ES are co-aligned for easy bore-sighting and retention of zero.


As with all Wilcox products, it is easily maintained and designed to be repairable unlike any current system in the field. The body of the RAPTAR-Lite ES is manufactured from a high strength polymer for durability while also designed to be upgraded with emerging technology. For pricing and ordering information, contact Wilcox Industries at or 603-431-1331.

YouCaring – Gold Star Mother To Honor Pararescue And Combat Control KIAs

September 17th, 2014


The Combat Control Association has set up a campaign on crowdfunding site YouCaring to assist Mrs. Rose (Duffman) Duval in her planning of a cermony to honor all Air Force Pararescuemen and Combat Controllers who have been Killed-In-Action since 9/11; among those to be honored is Mrs. Duval’s son, Tech. Sgt. Scott E Duffman, a PJ killed February 18th, 2007.

The ceremony will consist of the presentation of 22 specially made and personalized “Honor and Remember” flags to be presented to Gold Star family members on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 1000 at the Air Force Memorial. Each flag was personally purchased by Mrs. Duval. A reception will also be hosted at the Ft. Meyer Officer’s Club.

The goal of the campaign is to raise the funds to pay for the reception, repay Mrs. Duval at least part of the money she paid for the flags, and cover some travel and lodging costs of the Gold Star family members who would otherwise be unable to attend.

SilencerCo Releases First Hunting Video With Salvo 12

September 17th, 2014

SilencerCo has released their first hunting video with the Salvo 12 shotgun suppressor.

Oakley Releases SI Fuel Cell in Ultrablend Black

September 16th, 2014

Recently, SSD visited the Oakley HQ where they showed us the background on their Ultrablend Camo pattern created using Cerakote firearms coating. At the time, the SI Fuel Cell was only available in Ultrablend Desert Sage but they showed us the Black variant as well. Now, they’re available.


• Dual lens POLARIC ELLIPSOID™ geometry (two lenses cut from single toric shield)
• UV protection of Plutonite® lens material that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400 nm
• Optical precision and performance that meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1 standards
• Impact protection based upon ANSI Z87.1 test methods for High Mass and High Velocity impact resistance

• Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter® frame material
• Carefully painted and cured with Cerakote ™ Generation II Firearm Coatings
• Enhanced durability, wear and corrosion resistance, and reduced Near-Infared (NIR) management.
• Comfort and Performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment
• Gun Metal Icon Accents

First Look – Grey Ghost Precision Rifles

September 16th, 2014

Grey Ghost is hard at work prepping the first batch of their upcoming precision rifles. A few guys from a couple of SFGs have been testing the protypes and offering their feedback to improve the final product.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

“How Much Did You Pay For Your MultiCam Knockoff?”

September 16th, 2014


During a recent trip to Spain, Chief of Staff of the United States Army Ray Odierno discusses those outrageous MultiCam royalties and ways to get around them with Spanish Army General Jaime Dominguez Buj.