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LAPD and LASD Equip 180 SWAT Officers with Team Wendy Helmets

August 22nd, 2019

Elite Los Angeles Tactical Teams Purchase EXFIL® Ballistic SL

Two of the best tactical teams in the U.S. have chosen Cleveland-based Team Wendy® as their ballistic helmet provider.

Team Wendy, which researches and develops high-quality headborne systems from the inside out, announced Thursday that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) purchased the company’s EXFIL® Ballistic SL helmet. LAPD bought 85 black helmets for its SWAT team, and LASD ordered 95 helmets in ranger green for its Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).

LAPD’s SWAT team rescues dozens of hostages and manages 120-plus high-risk warrants and approximately 100 barricaded suspect cases per year. It responds to barricade or hostage incidents where the suspect is believed to be armed or an extreme threat to public safety. Typical situations include the presence of weapons, suspected gang activity and heavily fortified locations.

LASD is the largest sheriff’s department in the world. The Special Enforcement Bureau, newly equipped with Team Wendy helmets, is a full-time unit of tactical paramedics and rescue specialists, including a canine detail and a special weapons team. It works hand-in-hand with the department’s arson/explosives and hazardous materials details and coordinates security for visiting dignitaries and politicians, including the United States President and Vice President. SEB responds to an estimated 200-300 tactical operations every year, including barricaded suspects, high-risk warrants and hostage situations.

Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron said the company exists for the sole purpose of protecting officers like these.

“The men and women of the LAPD and LASD put their lives on the line every day and we take pride in knowing we play a role in their safety,” he said. “This is why we do what we do.”

Joe Nagy, who works with law enforcement agencies around the country on behalf of Team Wendy, said the EXFIL Ballistic SL is built to do exactly what these agencies need.

“We spent a long time engineering this helmet so it would perform at a high caliber,” he said.

The EXFIL Ballistic SL is the fifth helmet in Team Wendy’s EXFIL line. It has a complete system weight of 2.2 pounds, meets a ballistic rating of NIJ Level III-A (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01) and exceeds ACH blunt impact protection requirements. It features the newer, lighter EXFIL Rail 3.0 for more efficient accessory mounting and the boltless CAM FIT™ Retention System for individualized fit and superior weight distribution.

LAPD and LASD join Orange County Sheriff’s Office and more than 20 other law enforcement agencies in southern California that wear Team Wendy helmet systems.

ParaDry Systems Launches a New Website

August 22nd, 2019

Sanford, FL – ParaDry™ Systems, a line of motorized lifts purpose-designed to facilitate parachute maintenance and inspection, has recently launched a new website. The new site is simple and clean, emphasizing streamlined navigation for users. “People who visit want to learn about the product,” says Jack Hoffend, Sales Manager of ParaDry®Systems. “The straightforward design allows folks to move around quickly and efficiently, getting the information they need.”

The site consists of four pages: Home, Products & Services, Completed Projects, and a Contact page. The Home page pulls double duty by putting a brief yet informative description of the product line front and center, letting users skip the extra step of navigating to a separate About page. Users can also move from the Home page directly to the Products & Services and Completed Projects pages.

The Products & Services page is comprised of four sections: a section for Lift Configurations; a section for ParaRam, a specialized lift designed to handle Ram-Air chutes; a section for ParaDry®Systems’ innovative Expeditionary Tower; and a section for information about Rigging Inspection & Review. The Completed Project Page provides a succinct overview of select projects by answering who, what, when, and where. The final page, the Contact page, makes available expected information like fax, phone, and physical address. It is also a simple online form giving users the opportunity to get in touch with the company. Users can safely upload files such as drawings and photos to get a conversation moving in the right direction.

A design detail seen on the Home and Contact pages is subtly colored topographic map lines used as a background. This small detail assures users that while they may not be in familiar territory, they’ve reached someone who is. ParaDry®Systems staff is prepared to guide clients through the ups and downs of properly outfitting a parachute drying tower.

ParaDry®Systems was designed by rigging specialists to operate safely and continuously for decades in the elevated heat and humidity of a parachute drying tower. Suitable for new builds and paraloft tower renovations, the system can be configured to meet a base’s specific needs, always emphasizing safety, efficiency, and reliability. Veteran rigger and senior installer on many ParaDry®Systems projects, Gregory Keatley says, “It is the best product on the market today. It’s really one of the best looking and operating shaft drive units I’ve ever installed and used without fault!”

US Navy Seeks Suppressors for M2A1 .50 Machine Guns

August 22nd, 2019

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, PA has issued a Request for Information to industry for Suppressors compatible with the M2A1 .50 Machine Gun.

In addition to being resistant to a maritime environment and having no impact in barrel life, the Navy desires these capabilities as well:

Federal Introduces Syntech PCC for the Heavy Demands of Pistol Caliber Carbine Competition Shooters

August 21st, 2019

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 21, 2019 – Federal is excited to announce its new Syntech PCC 9mm Luger load, designed to meet the exhaustive demands of fast-paced Pistol Caliber Carbine competitions, with flawless function in carbine platforms. Shipments of Syntech PCC ammunition have been delivered to dealers.

The load’s velocity and accuracy are optimized for long gun-barrel lengths, with a bullet profile that provides excellent accuracy and reliable feeding in a variety of carbine platforms. Syntech PCC joins the Syntech Action Pistol offering as official ammunition of United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).

Like all Syntech loads, Syntech PCC features the one-of-a-kind TSJ projectile, which uses a polymer jacket to eliminate metal fouling and drastically reduce damaging barrel heat and friction. The bullet style also minimizes splash-back on steel targets. Its exclusive Catalyst primer provides hot, reliable ignition without the use of lead.

“Syntech PCC is offered in 9mm Luger 130-grain is all about having a better shooting experience when shooting a pistol cartridge, historically speaking, through a rilfe platform,” said Federal Centerfire Product Director Mike Holm. “With Syntech, you naturally have it—more features of what all shooters want, and less of what you don’t.”

• 9mm Luger load specifically designed for use in carbines
• Velocities optimized for longer barrels
• Bullet profile designed for reliable feeding in carbine platforms
• Catalyst high-performance lead-free primer
• Total Synthetic Jacket prevents metal fouling
• Drastically reduces barrel heat and friction
• Minimizes splash-back on hard targets

Part No. / Description / MSRP

AE9SJPC1 / 9mm Luger 130-grain Syntech PCC, 50-count, 1130 fps / $19.95

For more information on Federal ammunition, visit

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Now Shipping OSCAR8 Spotting Scope

August 21st, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 21, 2019) – SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is now shipping the OSCAR8™ HDX Variable Power Spotting Scope.  With more power, magnification, and the latest advancements in technology the OSCAR8 is a premium, angled eyepiece 27–55×80 mm spotting scope, featuring the industry-innovating SIG SAUER HDX optical design, and built specifically for hunters and shooters that demand the best in all-weather performance and durability in the field.       

“The introduction of the OSCAR8 is an exciting expansion to the SIG SAUER Electro-Optic’s line of spotting scopes, and is the perfect upgrade or addition to any hunter’s pack as they gear-up for the season,” began Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics, “The OSCAR8 combines our highest-powered magnification capabilities, with durability, versatility, and the latest advancements in glass, coatings and technology, resulting in a superior performance that can be counted on in the field.”

The OSCAR8 HDX Variable Power Spotting Scope combines extra-low dispersion glass with high light transmittance glass, a SCHMIDT-PECHAN prism, and fully multi-coated lenses to provide unmatched resolution, image contrast, color clarity, and image brightness. Also featuring Spectracoat™ anti-reflection lens coatings to reduce surface reflections across the entire visible spectrum for superior light transmission.

The OSCAR8 has an angled eyepiece and comes equipped with a rotating tripod collar for multiple viewing angles, a variable power eyepiece (can be locked into place or removed to accept other variable or fixed power eye-pieces), fast focus adjustment, and an ergonomic rubber armor for durability to accommodate setup and usage in any terrain or weather conditions.

OSCAR8 HDX Variable Spotting Scope Specifications:
Model/Magnification: 27-55x80mm
Exit Pupil: 2.96mm / 1.45mm
Objective Clear Aperture: 80mm
Length: 15.27in X 6.1in X 4in
Eye Relief: 17-16mm
Linear FOV FT at 1000 yards: 105-73ft.
Angular FOV: 2°-1.4°
Weight: 4.25lbs.
Waterproof level at 1 meter: 5 min. (when the eyepiece is attached)

MSRP: ($1,699.99)

The OSCAR8 is assembled in the USA, and is covered by the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics INFINITE Guarantee™ and Electronics Limited Warranty.

New Instructional Video from Panteao with New Instructor Make Ready with Hilton Yam: Pistol Optics

August 21st, 2019

Columbia, SC, August 20, 2019 – Panteao announces the release of a new video title with instructor Hilton Yam. Hilton recently joined Panteao’s cadre of instructors after retiring from his career in the FBI. Hilton worked for over 21 years in the Miami Field Office, one the FBI’s largest and busiest locations. He was assigned to bank robbery, fugitives, and firearms training. He spent 19 years on SWAT and served as his team’s principal instructor for firearms, CQB, and tactics. Hilton is also the founder of 10-8 Performance, a company specializing in premium components and sights for the 1911 as well as other handguns.

The first video to be introduced with Hilton is Pistol Optics. While dot optics have been appearing on handguns since the early 90’s, it has only been recently that handgun manufacturers began offering pistols with the ability of mounting a small dot optic directly to the slide. This concept of utilizing a dot optic with a pistol that years earlier started in competitive shooting has now found a new audience among military, law enforcement, and self-defense end users. In Pistol Optics, Hilton reviews the various factory offered optics ready pistols, dot optic options, sighting in a dot optic, iron sight to red dot transitions, presentation, the draw, various live fire drills, maintenance, and more.

This video title also marks a milestone in the Make Ready instructional video series, being the 100th Make Ready instructional video filmed by Panteao Productions.

Panteao greatly appreciates the support of the sponsors that help make this video happen: Walther Arms, SIG Sauer, STI, FN America, Black Hills Ammunition, Vertx, and Unity Tactical

Make Ready with Hilton Yam: Pistol Optics Sponsors:

Make Ready with Hilton Yam: Pistol Optics is now available streaming for Panteao subscribers. It can be watched online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit:

The video will also be available later this month on DVD and Digital Download formats. For more information on this title, visit Panteao at:

The US Army’s Adaptive Squad Architecture Initiative Treats Squad As Integrated Combat Platform

August 21st, 2019

For too long, the Army has treated the Soldier like a Christmas tree, hanging pieces of equipment here and there. In total, it consists of 85 pieces of kit, weighing 122lbs with some of the burden owing to redundant power sources and connector cables. Adaptive Squad Architecture is going to change all of that.

To do this, the Army is preparing to undergo an 18-month effort to use a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) to create system-level Interface Control Documents (ICD) for the Adaptive Squad Architecture.

The Catalyst For Change

The catalyst for this transformation is the development of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System by Microsoft, a single system which allows the Soldier to Fight, Rehearse and Train. It integrates I2 with thermal IR cameras, overlaid with augmented reality information. Artificial environments and adversaries can be fed into the IVAS screen allowing for training and rehearsal. Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence will offer a more dynamic foe who learns from the Soldier’s actions, like a real enemy.

It is such a leap ahead, a whole architecture had to be developed along with it, including comms links and power. The Army concluded it was time to look at not just the Soldier, but the Squad as a whole.

The goal is to begin using the ASA by January 2021 as the foundation for achieving the Soldier as an Integrated Weapons Platform and the Squad as an Integrated Combat Platform making them a peer with other major weapon systems. To get there, they’re going to need standards for industry.


Key focus areas of the ASA will be establishing common standards and Interface Control Documents for power management; data management (on each Soldier, between Soldiers in the Squad, and between Squads); physical equipment interfaces; and size, space, and weight management at the Soldier and Squad level. ICDs will be living documents, adapting as technology improves.

Although, this article is primarily focused on the development of ICDs, ASA will also offer an Architecture Assessment Tool (AAT) and a Configuration Management (CM) Database which looks at the Soldier and Squad’s configuration and includes a visualization tool. The AAT allows the small unit leader to configure a Soldier and Squad, alerting to incompatible equipment choices and load weight concerns.

The MOSA approach is also intended to reduce the weight carried by Soldiers/Squads by having an architecture that facilitates combining multiple capabilities into a single hardware device and eliminating legacy hardware by developing software applications that can be used on existing peripherals.

Problem Solving

Adaptive Squad Architecture may be the most important undertaking PEO Soldier has ever performed. The very fact that PEO Soldier invited the media to attend their Industry Day is indicative of this fact. The last Industry Day we were invited to by PEO Soldier was the Camouflage Improvement Effort In 2009.

The name is exciting, but the work will be tedious, for government and industry alike. They plan to create system-level ICDs for a government-owned technical architecture for the Soldier as an Integrated Weapons Platform and the Squad as an Integrated Combat Platform. The goal is to make the Soldier and Squad into digital platforms. I look at ASA as akin to a Software Development Kit for the Soldier.

Primary stakeholders for the ASA are the acquisition community which directly supports the Soldier and Squad, namely the Science and Technology (S&T) partners, the combat developers, the materiel developers, and industry partners.

Although many of the Program Executive Offices across the Army will contribute to this effort, the program is under the watchful eye of PEO Soldier, BG Anthony Potts. Yesterday, he addressed a crowd consisting of government and industry professionals to layout the effort.

His biggest concern is that the ICD is meaningful to industry. He believes that the Army will initially get it wrong, but is prepared to work with industry to get it right. Communication is key. He also wants to energize better relationships with smaller, non-traditional entrepreneurs who have interesting, innovative solutions, without having to go through larger companies.

General Potts wants to focus on problem statements rather than solutions. This will allow industry to design and build, loosely coupled, highly cohesive, severable modules. Another important goal is to reduce proprietary designs. The Army will establish the interfaces, the ability to plug-in and plug-out (electrical, mechanical interfaces), but its up to industry to come up with the actual capabilities.

Earlier, I mentioned the Christmas tree analogy. General Potts used this example. The Soldier is burdened by a bunch of heavy ornaments like a Christmas tree. The call comes to reduce weight and make the Soldier more maneuverable, more lethal. That increased maneuverability means that a Soldier can draw and fire his weapon first. Potts comes to his conclusion, “He who draws first, generally wins.”

Soldier Integration Facility

One of the primary ways the Army is dealing with this new way of looking at the Squad is the creation of a Soldier Integration Facility on Fort Belvoir as part of the Close Combat Force Enterprise. The SIF will operationalize technologies. COL Troy Denomy will be in charge of the SIF, referring to it as a collaboration tool even though it’s a facility. It should open 1 October and will become pivotal for every PM shop at PEO Soldier as well representatives from others.

But even before the SIF gets their hands on it, a new concept begins at the Soldier/Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT) at Natick and are then refined at the SIF. Once they’ve come up with a solution, they’ll work closely with the experimental force at the Maneuver Battle Lab to prove it out.

PEO Soldier plans to be their own integrator, including coders on the team. The SIF will also include a business office to work with industry. General Potts envisions this office will help smaller companies work with larger companies, write awards, or purchase IP outright. They hope to set aside $1 million to get this effort moving. They’ll leverage OTAs, BAAs and other collaborative acquisition tools to invigorate solutions.

Down In The Weeds

“Obviously, a big challenge is power,” General Potts related, “there are too many batteries.” He discussed the upcoming Next Generation Weapons. They will power themselves with a powered rail which also moves data and the rail will run all of the electronic enablers on the weapon.

Another issue is the proliferation of communications devices. Currently, only three Soldiers per Squad have a radio. As IVAS is fielded, every Soldier in a Squad will have a data radio with IVAS. Moving from 128 bit to 256 bit encryption Secure Ultra Wide Band to move data around the Squad in a secure, but unclassified network. The end user device will be replaced by a “puck” but it will still rely on ATAK as the software environment.

This led the discussion to software management. The Army plans for a single ATAK software update per year across the enterprise, vice the four SOCOM currently accomplishes, but that decision is a function of organizational size.

In one of the boldest moves, they’re setting up a marketplace for apps to allow Soldiers to customize their software load based upon mission. The vision is that it works in a similar fashion to a phone app stores like iTunes. This concept will reward developers based upon actual use rather than the current model which creates software which may or may not be used. Under the developmental name Watchtower, the marketplace is in beta testing with an initial roll out in Q1 20 and FOC Q4 20.

More To Come

After he wrapped up with industry, General Potts and his team spent a few monitored with the media. He related that the creation of the SIF isn’t the only organizational change coming to PEO Soldier. We’ll see some renaming of the Program Manager shops to better describe their roles and additional capabilities will be added to the team once a full mission analysis is completed.

Limited Edition Emdom Multitasker Series 3X with MultiCam G10 Scales + Pouch Bundle

August 21st, 2019

If you’ve been holding out on getting the Multitasker Series 3X, this is your chance. You also get a spiffy pouch from the good folks at Emdom.

Designed specifically for use with the AR platform, the Multitasker 3X features G10 Scales paired with CNC machined billet Steel along with Aluminum-bronze washers and rust resistant Ti CarboNitride (TiCN) treatment.

• CNC machined pliers (D2 tool steel) – Not investment cast
• Non-slip G10 scales (Black or Tan)
• 3/8″ hex for LaRue mounts
• 1/2″ hex for scope rings
• Dual lug M4 castle nut spanner wrench + screwdriver
• 3/32″ pin punch with 8-32 male thread for OTIS cleaning kit compatibility
• Radiused tip carbon scraper
• 3″ D2 tool steel knife blade – Plain edge or partially serrated
• Pocket clip (removable)
• 1/4″ magnetic bit driver with M16A2 FSP adjuster
• Includes these commonly used hex bits and a convenient bit carrier: No.1 Phillips, 3/32 Slotted, 3/16 Hex, 9/64 Hex, 1/8 Hex, 7/64 Hex, T10 Torx, T15 Torx

The Multitasker is MultiCam but you can choose between a MultiCam or Coyote pouch.