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Tactical Retailer – April Issue Available Now

Friday, March 31st, 2017

To read the April issue of Tactical Retailer, visit www.tacretailer-digital.com.

20mm Oerlikon, M2HB, and a Minigun Just a Few of the Machine Guns Making Their Way to PA for the 2nd Annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot June 3-4

Friday, March 31st, 2017


Monroeton, PA – March 30, 2017 – In just over two months, more than 40 machine guns will shake the grounds of The Shooter’s Gauntlet, site of the 2nd Annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot, as machine gunners from across the Northeast come together to share their love for belt fed guns and freedom. Attendees will have the chance to shoot rare guns, with more still being added to the line. The Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot is June 3-4, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at www.shootersgauntlet.com/machine-gun and start at $25 for a weekend pass.

Just a few of the guns on the line include:
20mm Oerlikon
Browning 1919
Browning 1919A4
M16 .223, full auto
M16 9mm, full auto
Lewis Gun
Thompson M1A
HK Model 51
SCAR16, full auto
Barrett 50 BMG

“Our attendees are going to have a blast. The types of machine guns on the line and the experience of seeing these weapons in action all in one weekend is unheard of anywhere else in the Northeast,” said Bob Raimo, owner of the Shooter’s Gauntlet. “We can’t wait for attendees and exhibitors to get here in June, see all of the upgrades we’ve made to the facility, and have an incredible time.”


The Northeast’s most unique shooting events venue has been completely upgraded and expanded since the inaugural shoot last spring, with larger machine gun and suppressor ranges, a newly covered gun show area, and shooting activities unlike anywhere else, including an assault hike, hand gun zip line, an ‘inversion diversion’ for shooting steel while upside down, and more.

The Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot is co-hosted by the Shooter’s Gauntlet, a one-of-a-kind, 1,000-acre facility located in the endless mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, and the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a Division of Prince Law Offices, P.C.

Follow the Shooter’s Gauntlet on Instagram @shootersgauntlet and on Facebook @shootersgauntlet for event updates year-round.

Firearms and accessory manufacturers who want to learn more about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities can visit or contact Bob Raimo directly at 484.883.9067 or bob@shootersgauntlet.com

Media interested in a press pass for the event can contact Beth Meiklejohn at 610.858.9008 or beth@grayahgroup.com.

Team MultiCam Video Series: Jeff Benrud

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The next installment of the Team MultiCam Video Series highlights Army Special Operations veteran Jeff Benrud.

Jeff’s incredible drive has not only made him a decorated combat veteran but also a two-time 2nd place finisher in the solo dirt bike class of the SCORE International Baja 1000. When not competing Jeff is training Special Operations groups in off-road driving techniques through his company American Offroad. He also works tirelessly to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation through his GoFundMe page. Please help Jeff’s charitable efforts by donating today. Thank you.

To support Jeff’s GoFundMe page, visit www.gofundme.com/JBTeamMC.

XTech Tactical Releases Complete Stainless Steel VP9 & P30 Magazines

Friday, March 31st, 2017


Mesa, AZ- XTech Tactical, makers of the adjustable angle ATG AR Grip and MTX VP9 & P30 magazine extensions announced today the release of their complete magazine line for the H&K VP9 & P30 9mm pistols. These are anything but industry standard aftermarket magazines. The development process took over two years, and when you handle the parts it shows.

First, each and every process, material, and even the packaging is US made. The magazine bodies are upgraded over factory to 310 Stainless Steel. After the stamping process, they are precision laser welded and then Teflon coated. The springs are Stainless Steel and were developed through engineered simulations vs. trial and error. The springs are pre-set so there is no break in and no change in strength over time. The magazines have been tested and abused, and are ready for any requirement of any global user. One more additional feature XTech Tactical added is an additional round indicator hole in the back for the 20th round when using the magazines with their MTX VP9, VP40 & P30 +5 Magazine Extender.

The magazines are available as both 15rd (MSRP $34.95) and a 20rd combo with their MTX extender ($59.95). They can be purchased at www.xtechtactical.com and they are offering free shipping on the magazines for a limited time to celebrate their release. Dealer inquiries please contact jeremy@xtechtactical.com

Custom VP9 and Extender Cerakote work completed by Twin State Hydrographics.

Check Out BERG At Warrior West

Friday, March 31st, 2017

At Warrior West you’ll be able to check out a demo of  BERG’s 20’ expandable E2S2 Dental Shelter used in the National Guard for Periodic Health Assessments (PHA). Use of these shelters has significantly increased mission readiness and decreased the cost of outsourcing medical care. What’s more, these shelters can be setup in 15 minutes or less and are perfect for not interrupting training to conduct field maintenance or medical support.  

Generally, these are deployed in sets of four and used in conjunction with one another.

The ANG/Reserve PHA/PDA Portable Solution includes these capabilities:
1. 3-4 Dental Exam chair and stools for PDA.
2. Nomad Pro II x-ray system for PDA.
3. 1 – audiology booth for Hearing Conservation Program.
4. 2 – medical exam tables and portable desk for PHA.
5. 10 – Folding chairs for waiting room.
6. 1 – Desk and Chair for waiting room.

Additionally, BERG will feature the following capabilities in their shelter demo:
1. AMC-20CF Mobile Dental System.
2. NOMAD Pro 2 dental x-ray.
3. NOMAD MD medical and physical security x-ray system.
4. ADC-09 – Hydraulic Portable Dental Stool.
5. ADC-02CF – Hydraulic Portable Chair.
6. ADC-01CS Portable Chair.
7. ALU-40LED-CF – Portable LED Light.
8. AEU-525CF/CFH Transport III Dental System.
9. Talon Litter.
10. Litter Stand.

These shelters can be configured in a wide varieties of ways and combined to create everything from this specialized, mobile medical facility to an entire base camp complete with billets, mess, recreation and work centers.  Because these are shelters and not tents, they can be stacked as well as transported like other shipping containers, with the mission equipment safely stored inside.  

BERG will be on hand in booth #1043 at Warrior Expo West, in the San Diego Convention Center, April 19 & 20.

Robar – M1 Garand Service Grade Enhancement Package

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Here is what ROBAR is doing to non-collectible M1 Garands.

Robar’s Service Grade Enhancement Package ($1895) consists of:
-Supply and Install New Barrel, Headspace and Time
This service includes the removal of the old barrel and installation of a new barrel. The chamber will be finish reamed to give proper headspace within military specifications. The take off barrel will be returned unless directed otherwise.

-Supply and Install New Op Rod

-Metal Refinish
This service includes the disassembly of the rifle, surface preparation and coating/plating of the metal parts to match new laminated stock. Rifle will be reassembled and function fired. Includes NP3 plating 10 M1 Garand Clips. Removal of excess pitting is not included.

-Fit New Laminated Stock/Return Old Stock
This service includes the removal of the old stock and transfer of the stock hardware from the old stock to the new laminated stock. We will also make sure the hand guards have appropriate clearances and the trigger group lock-up is properly tight, but not too tight.

-Supply and Install New Gas Cylinder

-Trigger clean up, remove creep, 4.5 lb+
Remove all noticeable creep from second stage, but maintain a crisp military two stage trigger pull and a trigger weight of at least 4.5 lb.

-Supply and Install Ultimak Scout Mount

NP3 Plus on Bolt, Gas Cylinder, and Op Rod – Add $50
NP3 Plus Entire Rifle – Add $100

Leupold FXII 2.5X Scout Scope w/QR Rings Coated to Match Receiver – $400
Burris 2-7X Scout Rifle Scope w/QR Rings Coated to Match Receiver – $550
Wilderness Tactical Sling – $55

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Hoodlum Hoodie

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The Hoodlum Hoodie utilizes ACM-MID 400 which is a bicomponent knit with 100% polyester interior and 100% merino wool exterior. Features a comfortable fit that still has quite a bit of stretch to it.

Full length front zipper and a form fitting hood with two front hand warmer pockets which incorporate zip closures as well as thumb holes built into the wrist over style cuffs. The Hoodlum Hoodie can be worn stand-alone or as a component of a clothing system.


15% Off Site-Wide at O P Tactical

Friday, March 31st, 2017

O P Tactical Spring Cleaning Sale! Get 15% off site-wide using coupon code SPRING15. Take advantage of savings on gear like the Mayflower APC, our exclusive OPT-Velocity Systems LWPC with MOLLE Back Panel, Surefire lights, Aimpoint Micro Red Dot Sights, Raven Concealment holsters, plus lots of other quality kit that’s in stock now. Even Clearance items are eligible for the discount! Some exclusions apply, see website for details. Sale runs from 31 March through 1 April EST. Put your tax refund to good use and start Spring off right.


USSOCOM Selects M-Lok For Weapon Programs

Friday, March 31st, 2017


While we’ve heard rumors of a USSOCOM directed study by NSWC-Crane of weapon accessory attachment systems, we only recently came into possession of evidence of that study, conducted in 2016. We present to you the summary of the report, as it offers the most pertinent facts. However, we are not offering up the rest of the report, as it contains proprietary information regarding the Magpul M-Lok attachment as well as other, competing systems.


The summary states:


Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) conducted testing for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to evaluate modular rail systems and provide a recommendation based on the performance characteristics of each system. Modular rail systems were evaluated for repeatability, endurance, rough handling, drop testing, and static failure load. Where possible, handguards manufactured in different modular rail systems, but otherwise identical, were used as a basis for a comparative analysis. All tested modular rail systems showed to be adequate for securing accessories during cyclic loading through endurance and rough handling testing. However, distinct performance differences were observed from repeatability, drop test, and failure load analysis. Overall, test and evaluation demonstrated that the M-LOKTM modular rail system surpassed the performance results achieved by other modular rail systems. In repeatability testing, M-LOKTM allowed for the repeated installation of the same accessory rail in the same location on a handguard with an average point of aim (POA) shift of 1.3 MOA, as low as one quarter the average POA shift observed by other modular rail systems. Drop test results demonstrated that M-LOKTM systems maintain securement of accessories to the handguard and sustain less damage from impact forces than some other modular rail systems. Failure load testing demonstrated that M-LOKTM systems support the highest load of all modular rail systems tested. In fact, the test equipment used to interface with 1913 accessory rails secured with the respective modular rail system across testing repeatedly failed prior to failure of the M-LOKTM attachment system. Even so, testing of the M-LOKTM systems failed at loads as high as over three times the maximum failure load of some other modular rail systems. NSWC Crane recommended to USSOCOM that the M-LOKTM modular rail system be utilized over the alternative systems tested. USSOCOM has chosen to incorporate the M-LOKTM modular rail system in acquisition efforts including the Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) and Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR).

Of additional note, the US Army directed H&K to integrate an M-LOK rail (designed by Geissele) on the new Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System rifle which is an indication of wider Dod adoption of M-Lok.

Black Powder Red Earth Yemen

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

That’s right. The Black Powder Red Earth story is transitioning to Yemen. Current mock ups have it at around 340 pages and in the past, the creative team of Jon Chang and Josh Taylor have consistently added an additional 5-10% of content during execution. 

The creation of these comics has been/is a labor of love. They never signed a publisher deal in part because of the lead times involved (typically 12-16 months before the title goes live) but also in part because of editorial concerns. Consequently, they are crowdfunding the graphic novel via Patreon.

BPRE has always tried to depict things as they are or will be. The character voices are based on the ground truth as conveyed to Jon Chang in countless interviews by people who work/worked there. The story isn’t “rah, rah war”, but conversely, BPRE has also never been an anti-war narrative either. What they have always done is to depict conflicts with multiple competing/overlapping interests across multiple interested parties without the need for Russian separatists with nukes behind it all.

They’ve come a long way both as a writer and artist and they think that BPRE Yemen is their most mature story to date.

To learn how to support this graphic novel, visit www.patreon.com/blackpowderredearth