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TacApps – MIL Sistemika – Personal Eye System (PES)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

MIL Sistemika is a Slovenian firm that develops and sells commercial off-the-shelf products in the area of military command & control, communications and training, and simulation products.

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Their Personal Eye System is a personal tracking, asset tracking, military navigation, and tactical data sharing application designed for Military personnel, Law Enforcement, security forces, Emergency Services, VIP protection services, and asset tracking, designed for use with Android-powered devices.

It offers topographic land and sea navigation, asset tracking, and blue force tracking – BFT and Common Operational Picture (COP) sharing. PES is currently being evaluated by the Slovenian armed forces, Police and National Crisis Management Center as a part of their BMS (Battlefield Management System).

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PES is currently available on Google Play – play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=si.milsistemika.pes

pes.milsistemika.com

Lucky Gunner Reviews Sig Sauer Elite Performance Ammo

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Sig Sauer hasn’t made any official announcements yet, but they’re now manufacturing their own ammunition under the ‘Sig Sauer Elite Performance’ line. The ammo is loaded with Sig’s proprietary “V-Crown” bullet, and is manufactured in Eubank, Kentucky in a Sig-owned facility. Lucky Gunner managed to get a hold of a few boxes of the first batch of ammo in the following calibers: .380 ACP, 9mm Para, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .45 ACP, and performed limited testing on all except the .357 Sig. Groups were fired for accuracy, measured velocity on a chronograph, and performance through ballistic gelatin.

You can read Lucky Gunner’s full review at the link below.

www.luckygunner.com/lounge/sig-sauer-v-crown-ammo-review

Gunfighter Moment – Mike Pannone

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

First and second focal plane and misdeeds in the punchbowl!

I hope you already got a cup because I might be pissing in your punchbowl.

Front focal plane/first focal plane (from now on referred to as FFP) refers to the reticle being in front of the magnification on a variable power optic. This means as the power of magnification is increased, the reticle size increases proportionately. This is extremely advantageous on higher variable power optics with maximum magnification 10X or greater. The benefit is that the reticle retains its true calibration regardless of magnification. This allows the shooter to use the optimal magnification setting for range estimation and holds given the circumstance and have a true MOA/mRad scale.

Rear focal plane/second focal plane (from now on referred to as RFP) refers to the reticle being behind the magnification on a variable power optic and that means as the power of magnification is increased the reticle size remains constant. The reticle is only truly calibrated at the maximum magnification. This is advantageous specifically on low power optics (those starting between 1-1.5X variable to 4-8X) because the reticle is much more clearly visible at the minimum magnification and ranging is overwhelmingly (in my case always) done at the max magnification.

At 1X with an FFP optic, the reticle is very small and in low light very difficult to see so you NEED an illuminated reticle or dot. If the illumination fails for some reason you are bound to mount the rifle and really need to see some aiming reference (think short range engagement) and barely be able to see anything in the tube. Even in broad daylight an FFP reticle at 1x is hard to use rapidly due to the size of the reticle at the lowest magnification setting and the calibration is really meaningless in the midrange powers (1-4) as the hash marks are hard to see at those powers. Let’s use for instance a 1-8X variable power FFP scope. It is designed for the reticle size to be optimized at 8X. That means at 1X it is 1/8th the optimal size.

For the reasons stated above, I am not a fan right now of FFP on low power optics (last few sentences will explain so read on please!). Low power optics, again those starting between 1-1.5X and variable to 4-8X are better suited in RFP so the reticle is consistent and optimally sized at the lowest to highest magnification setting in case the dot/battery fails. I take that position from experience with both military and sport application in day and low-light/night use. Also, you are not going to range someone/something at anything under 200m with any setting but full power when you only have 4-8X considering the guns (5.56 and.308) shoot as flat as they do. With a 50, 100 or 200m zero your max point blank range, the distance where the bullet does not go above or below your height over bore for most AR based military carbine and sport carbine applications, you can hold center on an 8” target (plate or cranium) and get an effective hit out to 250 in 5.56 with standard sight height and 50 or 200m zero and out to 200m with a 100m zero (with non-SBR barrel lengths and based on a 16” gun with 55 grain M193). You can estimate close enough at fewer than 200m for a minor hold as not to need an FFP in my professional and operational experience. It is also more expensive and less functional for a combat or sport optic and is outperformed by the larger and optimized SFP reticle size with or without illumination. It is a capability without a requirement for low power optics. I see the benefit as negligible and the down-side distinct based on the profile of application of a low power variable magnification optic for combative and sport use.

Caveat- If you want an FFP low power optic then it needs illumination with extreme battery life/durability like an Aimpoint … and if Aimpoint can do it than the others can as well. I’d sign on to that but until then I’ll remain an advocate of rear focal plane variable power combat/sport optics in the 1-1.5X to 4-8X range of magnification. They dramatically increase the reach of any rifle yet still afford the close range speed and reliability of a reticle that is scale optimized and usable even without magnification.

– Mike Pannone

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Mike Pannone retired from the Army’s premier assault force (1st SFOD-D) after an explosive breaching injury. A year after his retirement America was attacked on 9/11 and he returned to help serve his country as the head marksmanship instructor at the Federal Air Marshals training course and then moved to help stand up the FAMS Seattle field office. In 2003 he left the FAMS to serve as a PSD detail member and then a detail leader for the State Department during 2003 and 2004 in Baghdad and Tikrit.

In 2005 he served as a ground combat advisor of the Joint Counter IED Task Force and participated on combat operations with various units in Al Anbar province. Upon returning he gave IED awareness briefings to departing units and helped stand up a pre-Iraq surge rifle course with the Asymmetric Warfare Group as a lead instructor. With that experience as well as a career of special operations service in Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces and JSOC to draw from he moved to the private sector teaching planning, leadership, marksmanship and tactics as well as authoring and co-authoring several books such as The M4 Handbook, AK Handbook and Tactical Pistol shooting. Mike also consults for several major rifle and accessory manufacturers to help them field the best possible equipment to the warfighter, law enforcement officer and upstanding civilian end user. He is considered a subject matter expert on the AR based Stoner platform in all its derivatives.


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Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

TNVC Re-Introduces The Famed PVS-4 NV Scope

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

This is an announcement from TNVC regarding the availability of their version of the PVS-4 Night Vision scope.

In our continuing effort to bring economical HIGH quality AND US built NV to the market…

The legendary PVS-4 Night Vision Weapon Sight is one of the most prolific night vision scopes ever made. Originally designed by Optic Electronic Corporation of Dallas in 1975, it was adopted by the U.S. Military in 1978 and served through 2008. That is an incredibly long time for a night vision device! The reason is that it is hard to beat, even by today’s standards. The PVS-4 utilizes a catadipotic lens system that gathers a tremendous amount of light. This provides incredibly clean and clear images, even in a Gen2 configuration.

The TNV/PVS-4 is our version of this classic weapon sight. We start off with a completely refurbished and refinished original PVS-4 housing/optical system. There are no more PVS-4?s being built, so anything available today is going to be “used.” However, these units are meticulously refurbished and upgraded. Parts are replaced and the entire system is just like new. The original systems were manufactured by Varo (Litton). We use new/unissued L3 MX-9644/UV Gen3 image intensifier tubes for the best possible resolution in their class. The reticle is fully adjustable for windage and elevation and features the standard M-16 pattern. This reticle features a range-estimator and a three-point cross hair that provides an aiming point for close range, 200m, and 400m.

The mounting interface on the TNV/PVS-4 has been upgraded from the original design. M1913 Picatinny Rail was not around in 1975, so the original PVS-4 was attached to weapons using proprietary brackets and mounts. Today’s modular weapon platforms feature much easier attachment methods. The TNV/PVS-4 has an excellent LaRue Tactical OEM LT100 quick detach mount. This incredibly solid mount allows users to add or remove the scope from standard M1913 rail without losing their zero.

Our TNV/PVS-4 also features an upgraded power supply. It runs off the ubiquitous CR123A 3-Volt Battery. This helps with commonality of batteries in the field since the majority of electronic devices use this power supply. It will also run off the old military button battery.

tnvc.com/shop/tnvpvs-4-gen2-weapon-sight

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Magpul Now Shipping Updated MOE-K Grip

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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The MOE-K is now shipping in a updated configuration, featuring an aggressive new TSP texture and a slight increase in the grip diameter.

The MOE-K is designed as a drop-in upgrade for the standard AR-15/M16 pistol grip, offering a low-profile, compact design and steeper grip angle compared to traditional styles. Optimized for use with PDWs, the MOE-K improves comfort and control on rifles that bring the primary hand in closer to the shooter’s body or body armor.

Available in Black, FDE, OD Green, and Foliage.

store.magpul.com/product/MAG438

Vertx announces sponsorship Of WSOF Welterweight Champion Steve Carl

Friday, March 28th, 2014

March 26, 2014 – Vertx® is pleased to announce the sponsorship and addition of current World Series of Fighting Welterweight champion, Steve Carl, to their distinctive Pro Staff.

Carl has established himself as one of the world’s best Welterweights by posting an impressive 21-3 professional MMA record. Coming off 7 straight submission victories, Steve Carl is set to defend his title against Rouismar Palhares on March 29th at WSOF 9. The fight will be televised live on NBCSN.

Carl, known for his prowess inside the cage, is a former Army Sergeant who served two tours during his time in the military. He often credits his military background for the mental fortitude and strength necessary to become champion. His veteran status in addition to successes inside and outside MMA is what led him to be a natural fit for Vertx.

Vertx Director of Marketing, Ginger Rohlfs, feels Carl is a great addition stating, “Steve Carl is in many ways the proverbial good guy and he is a reflection of the Vertx brand. He’s been the underdog only to rise to the occasion and let his actions deliver results. We’re fortunate to have him on our team.”

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native had this to say about the partnership — “I’m honored to be supported by a company that I can really get behind like Vertx. They are known for having some of the best tactical gear around, and being a nature lover, I can’t wait to proudly wear Vertx in the cage and out in the field. I’m excited to be a part of such a great company.”

www.wearvertx.com

Tactical Tailor – RHINO RUCK

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Tactical Tailor’s RHINO RUCK was developed at the request of a SOCOM client that required an updated ALICE pack tailored to the communicator who is required to deploy across all spectrums of airborne operations.

The RHINO is a static line and MFF jumpable ruck. It is purpose built around the STRRLS, H-Harness, Harness Single Point Release, and the Parachutist Drop Bag. The RHINO features a pass through RTO zipper with optional removable PRC 117G go bag that can be worn as an assault pack or mounted directly to a plate carrier. Rigging channels are cut and sewn directly into the ruck. Additional features include external compression straps, double rain fly, and reinforced hydration and commo channels. The RHINO may be custom modified to meet end user and unit requirements.

For more information, contact Nate Smith – Tactical Tailor’s SOCOM Sales Manager at nate@tacticaltailor.com

www.tacticaltailor.com

Slumberjack – Thermal Cloak First Impressions

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Slumberjack revealed their SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line during SHOT 2014. The line includes packs, insulated tree stand bags, and tents, all made from durable, lightweight materials in Kryptek camouflage.

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We recently got a hold of a product in the upcoming line, the SJK Tactical Thermal Cloak. The Thermal Cloak is designed to offer protection from the elements as well as act as a personal blind. Tactical hood styling allows the wearer to maintain peripheral vision and hearing. The fabrics used are waterproof and seam taped to repel wind, rain, and snow, while 160g of synthetic insulation keeps the wearer warm. The bottom of the cloak is open to allow the wearer to feel the edges of their tree stand to ensure proper footing. The cloak can also be cinched up around the wearer’s knees for increased mobility. The arm ports are self-sealing (via magnets) that allow for the wearer to move into a firing position. The front zipper and hand warmer pocket help regulate temperature.

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The 160g of insulation cloak keeps the wearer warm, and the fleece around the collar area is a nice touch that adds a bit more comfort to the cloak.

The arm ports are spacious, and secure using magnets. This is a nice feature for when trying to stay quiet, although the position of the magnets does leave a bit of open spacing for cold to get in. There are also front-side handwarming pockets to help regulate temperature.

The hood features a rear elastic retention band for adjustment. This is a nice feature as it allows the user to tailor the hood to the size they require, so as to maintain peripheral vision and for comfort.

The bottom of the cloak features split sides that secure with magnets like the arm ports. They quickly and quietly separate when mobile, and snap back together when stationary. There are also cinches with loops to raise the bottom of the cloak to knee level if additional mobility is required.

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The Thermal Cloak utilizes a front side zipper. This is also supported by magnets like the arm ports, so that the user can quietly secure the front opening without manipulating the zipper, and/or maintain ventilation when wearing the cloak.

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The Thermal Cloak also comes with its own stuff sack.

Functionality wise, the Thermal Cloak fulfills its purpose well. It keeps its wearer warm, and is designed to operate as quietly as possible, as expected from a product meant for use when hunting.

Expect to see the SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line available later this year.

www.slumberjack.com