Archive for February, 2013
This is a guest post by Jud Kauffman of ExBellum.com and I think it’s a pretty important topic. Jud served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years, first as an intelligence analyst and later as a Navy SEAL deploying multiple times throughout the Middle East on hundreds of combat missions. He later served as the National Program Manager for the Naval Special Operations Mentor Program, selecting and mentoring potential civilian SEAL, EOD, SWCC, and Diver candidates. He helped cofound The Great American Mud Run and Talosorion Security. In 2012, he founded ExBellum.com, a website aimed at connecting Special Operations veterans with civilian employers.
I first met Luci at the recent OR Winter Market when Brad Decker brought one to me to see. He showed it to me and my eyes lit up and my mind started racing. The possibilities are fantastic with this thing. Then, Brad tells me something even better. He is going to rep this line along with Wade Wittman and told me Mpowerd is going to launch an IR model.
So what’s Luci you ask? That’s easy, ‘Luci’ is an inflatable, water resistant bright LED solar lantern with three light settings — dim, bright and emergency flashing. Weighing in at a scant 3.8 oz, it has the added feature of being collapsible and portable, holding its charge for 3 months, making it maintenance-free and suitable for all weather conditions. The Luci Solar Lantern is designed and manufactured by MPowered, a Benefit Corporation, founded in 2012.
Received a note from our friends at Tactical Pro Shop that they are celebrating their grand opening Friday the 1st of March and Saturday the 2nd. In addition to giveaways and in-store discounts, Benchmade factory reps will be on-hand Friday and will laser engrave any Benchmade knife purchased that day for free.
TPS’s Matt Kime relayed that they were incredibly lucky to get a great big space at the corner of two major streets, in one of the most business / firearms friendly cities in Southern California (by comparison).
Their primary brands are Benchmade, First Spear, Ops-Core, Princeton Tec, Surefire, Blackhawk, Camelbak, Safariland, and InForce. They tell us they also offer a few dozen other great brands helping us round out their ability to make sure they are offering the best available solution for a given problem.
In addition to their solid LE customer base, and being a leading provider for the tactical equipment you see on the big screen, Tactical Pro Shop are also welcomes the general public with open arms. Though they do not sell firearms, they’ve pretty much have the rest of the spectrum covered.
To celebrate, they’ve extended SSD readers an additional 10% off, including already discounted items, during their 2-day opening event. If you are there, all you need to do is mention SSD. And, you’d better take some pictures.
Looking forward to visiting you guys next time I am in town.
This is a guest post from Dave Reeder that is based on a lengthy interview with Tactical Tailor’s Casey Ingels. Casey is an attorney (he’s also a former Army Ranger) and he has an interesting take on the recent rash of restrictive gun legislation being introduced across the country. Casey and I have discussed the issue as well and I agree with his point of view. I am very concerned that these laws not only infringe on our Second Amendment rights but several of these bills also introduce outrageous Fourth Amendment concerns. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, weaken one of amendments in the Bill of Rights and you undermine them all. Thanks to Dave for putting this together and to Casey for his time and expertise.
TNVC is in the home stretch to 5000 likes on Facebook. They are going to celebrate by giving away some cool kit.
The rules are simple.
1.Like the TNVC page
2. Share this post PUBLICLY on your wall, and encourage all your friends to do the same.
3. Wait for the announcement of the THREE winners, after they reach 5,000 likes.
GET ON IT!
It’s finally official. We just received word from Mission Ready Equipment announcing their purchase of Grey Group Training. Both are fantastic companies and I think they are going to compliment one another very well. Congratulations!
Mission Ready Equipment is pleased to announce the acquisition of Grey Group Training.
Mission Ready Equipment recognizes the strength of Grey Group Training’s brand and sales model by committing to the company’s growth.
“Grey Group Training customers will be able to choose great products and training from an expanded assortment of manufacturers and will have more depth of product on the shelves for both the ecommerce store and the retail store,” says Mission Ready Equipment President Jeff Smith.
Grey Group Training’s mission and identity will not change as they seek to grow their retail and training operations by adding new storefronts and expanding their roster of trainers as Mission Ready Equipment’s retail sales and training partner.
“Growing from one location to two locations is not twice as hard; it is ten times as hard,” says Smith, “We are excited to be able to bring our experience in growing other retail brands to Grey Group.”
The move continues Mission Ready Equipment’s growth in the tactical marketplace while allowing it to focus on its core mission as a premier wholesale, online and direct sales supplier to military, federal, state and local government agencies.
In addition to retail, the acquisition adds Grey Group Training’s experience in firearms, combatives and combat medicine education to the current capabilities at Mission Ready Equipment.
Smith says “Eric Page will take over as Grey Group’s Vice President to manage the operation as they align with Mission Ready Equipment’s growth objectives. Eric has been a part of Grey Group from the beginning and is a key figure in it’s future”. Smith added “Grey Group’s own Josh Burmeister worked with us through the acquisition process and contributed to a smooth ownership transition. Josh will be leaving to pursue other projects.”
“The Grey Group staff can’t express how excited we are about becoming part of the Mission Ready family. With their help in logistics and support Grey Group can get to what we do best, giving the best service and products to our Brothers and Sisters in harms way,” says Grey Group Training Vice President Eric Page.
The acquisition closed February 14, 2013.
Mission Ready Equipment was formed in 2010 by a group of dedicated individuals with more than 28 years experience in equipping & instructing individuals and teams, whether Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, Private Security or Fire and Rescue, in layered clothing systems, footwear, packs, tents, sleeping systems, and climbing/high altitude mountaineering equipment.
I received this email last night from the Canadian company 2 Cent Tactical. As a side project they develop morale products that they sell to raise money for Wounded Warrior Canada Unfortunately, copies of their designs are showing up and naturally, any money raised from teh sale of any counterfeits goes in someone’s pocket and not to the intended recipients; Canada’s wounded troops.
As some of you may know outside of reviews 2 Cent Tactical does various little side projects like patches and shemaghs to raise money for Wounded Warrior Canada. These are not done with profit in mind in the least and were just something done to help out. I got an email from a friend who runs a store up here in Canada that he had been contacted and I might be interested in the email. It turns out another company has seen fit to attempt to sell my shemagh (the one bearing the maple leaf skull from my logo). Ignoring the fact that my design is being ripped off and someone is making money from it, the real piss off is that people may associate it with what we are doing. We plan to do another run of these and have them available at several retailers (more to be announced when they get ordered and make the journey to my office). These shemaghs will be sold having 30 percent of the sale price immediately go to towards Wounded Warrior. The rest just goes back into other patch designs for now with the eventual hope to be able to use all excess money for Christmas care packages for the guys heading outside the wire. I never set out to do this to make any money and I have striven to continue that as things have evolved. So if you are a store and you do get contacted by anyone but me to sell these things please do the right thing and get in contact with me instead. Also in order to distinguish our shemaghs from the ones that are currently ripping us off we will include a color matched logo patch with each shemagh sent to retailers.
I never really expected to have to write one of these but I am glad people in this industry have integrity and look out for each other.