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Military Morons Limited Edition OTBs in Stock at OPT

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Inspired by the classic Vietnam Jungle Boots, the Military Morons Edition of the Altama Maritime Assault Boot is designed for tactical water operations while still great for everyday wear. A portion of the proceeds from this boot will be going to support the SOC-F.

Limited to 200 shoes, sold on a first come, first served basis.


Bachstein Consulting Needs Your Help – Participate In Their Shot Timer Survey

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Now YOU can help drive new products of the future! Bachstein Consulting has partnered with an industry leader in shooting sports electronics. We are creating a revolutionary shot timer for training and competitive shooting sports. Here is your chance to tell us what you think. Please fill out the survey below:


Defense Threat Reduction Agency Conducts Drill With Senegalese National Military Fire Brigade

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

DTRA’s CBRN Preparedness Program (CP2) recently sponsored an event, in coordination with the Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Senegal (U.S. Embassy in Senegal), and the Senegalese National Military Fire Brigade to partner and build the knowledge and ability of Senegal’s medical professionals in planning for, responding to, and mitigating the consequences of a CBRN disaster.

Martinson Files Suit Against North American Rescue for Patent Infringement

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

A lawsuit has been filed by in Delaware District Court Martinson, LLC vs. North American Rescue Holdings LLC and North American Rescue, LLC. alleging patent infringement. Case number 1:2018cv01358* was filed in Delaware District Court on August 31, 2018, with a jury requested by Martinson LLC (the plaintiff).

The lawsuit alleges that North American Rescue’s AGENT Ballistic Vest is a “stitch for stitch” copy of the Martinson ELSA (Emergency Life Saving Armor). Martinson holds two patents for the ELSA, to wit,

“As a result of Martinson’s efforts to protect its intellectual property in the ELSA product, Martinson is the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,737,100 (“the ’100 Patent” [issued August 22, 2017]) and 9,861,145 (“the ’145 Patent” [issued January 9, 2018]), each entitled “Concealable Body Armor and Combination Bag/Vest.”

SSD had initially written about the ELSA during SHOT Show 2014.

The lawsuit reads thusly:

“Upon information and belief, NAR markets and sells a combination bag/vest called the AGENT Ballistic Vest in the United States.

Upon information and belief, the AGENT Ballistic Vest is a stitch-for-stitch copy of both the ’100 Patent and the ’145 Patent.”

The Martinson ELSA can be found online, but the “AGENT RTF Kit, formerly known as ELSA RTF Kit” now returns a 404 response on the NAR website despite being their immediately after the suit was filed.

NAR site on August 31, 2018.

NAR site on 20 October, 2018.

Items matching that description can be seen on retailer sites, however (see Bound Tree and Off Grid Warehouse).

The line of NAR vests as they are currently named and presented can be found here.

The most recent annotation in PACER reads,

SO ORDERED, re 8 STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME in which defendants North American Rescue, LLC and North American Rescue Holdings, LLC have to answer the Complaint to November 8, 2018 filed by Martinson Industries, LLC, Set/Reset Answer Deadlines: North American Rescue Holdings, LLC answer due 11/8/2018; North American Rescue, LLC answer due 11/8/2018. Signed by Judge Colm F. Connolly on 10/4/2018. (fms) (Entered: 10/04/2018)

SSD reached out to NAR for comment but they politely declined, citing pending litigation. However, considering the same product was found on several sites, it is possible that a third-party vendor is the root cause of the issue.

*1:18-cv-01358-CFC Martinson Industries, LLC v. North American Rescue, LLC et al Colm F. Connolly, presiding

Breach Bang Clear contributed to this report.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Buoyancy

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Buoyancy is key to a lot of things. It helps make the dive easier in a lot of ways. When using a closed circuit rig (CCR) it keeps you from rocketing to the surface, it prevents you from dropping to the bottom when you stop to fix your gear or “Dräger” talk/ yelling at your dive buddy.

There are two keys to buoyancy: balance and breathing

The two significant factors in achieving neutral buoyancy.

• 1st Wear the right amount of weight for the dive. This will differ depending on the thickness of your wetsuit/ dry suit and gear you are wearing.

• 2nd Breathing slowly and evenly and not having too much air in your breathing bag. If diving a CCR

What is the best way to maintain proper buoyancy?

Pre-dive preparation. Buoyancy control begins, with the pre-dive preparation. As you pick what to wear for a dive. Double-check to make sure nothing has changed that could affect buoyancy. A new wetsuit is more buoyant than an older one and will need more weight. A new suit has more inherent buoyancy at first because diving, especially deep diving simply bursts its bubbles. New gear; compare the old version to the new. Gear is always being updated with new buckles or martial so when you switch from old to new make sure you know what the buoyancy is of the new stuff. So when you go to the new magazine pouch make sure you know how it is in the water. Check the weights on a scale; often there is variation between claimed and actual weight. If diving open circuit, are you using a new cylinder? Some cylinders are negatively buoyant when full and simply less negative when empty; others sink first and float later.

Do a buoyancy check. Here is the best way to do a proper buoyancy check. With your lungs half-full, you should float at eye level with no air in your BC. If you are diving open circuit, remember the average cylinder loses about 5 pounds as it empties. So you might have to add about 5 pounds to your weight if you have done your buoyancy check with a full one.

Keep a log

Keeping a log of what gear you have wore, what the temperature was and the type of water (salt/fresh /brackish). What equipment you used, how much lead you carried, how much your body weighs and whether you seemed too heavy or light.  Knowing the weight of the gear that you used on the dive will help. Make sure you understand that if you are going to remove something during the dive you need to account for that on the return trip home. If you plan ahead by recording in training what you used it will help when you have to do it the next time.

Saltwater VS Freshwater.

If most of your diving is done in the ocean, then ballast calculations should be done in the ocean. Jumping in the pool to check your balance will get you close, but it won’t be 100% correct. If you switch back and forth, you’ll need to adjust your ballast. Be prepared to add anywhere from 4 to 7 pounds going from fresh to saltwater.

Buoyancy, Trim, Position, and Breathing

The secret is buoyancy control, begins with fine-tuning your weighting. How much lead you put into your pouches or have on your weight belt. If you are carrying just the right amount of weight, you will only have to put a little air in your BC. That means less drag and more efficient finning. Less BC inflation also means less buoyancy shift with depth, so you’ll have to make fewer adjustments. There are many tricks, but buoyancy control is the fundamental skill. Precise control of your buoyancy is what enables you to hover motionless and fin through the water, at any depth, without using your hands at all or stirring up mud or silt from the bottom. In addition to using the right amount of weight, make sure you are correctly balanced to optimize your position under water. Keeping a more horizontal position makes you more hydrodynamic. Distribute the weight as uniformly as possible from side to side; you should never notice that you put on more weight on one side while diving. You must also consider the weight of your dive gear and any other additional gear you might be wearing. I.E gun belt or special gear. Make sure it is balanced on your body and it doesn’t shift when you are diving. The lowering you wear your dive rig can cause a tendency to push the diver forward (upside down) in the water, so the placement of weight towards the back can help reverse this position, especially on the surface. While carrying weight in the pockets on the back of the vest or taped to you rebreather can help with the adjustment. Lastly, any dive weight you put on should be easy to remove in an emergency.

The factors that affect your buoyancy besides ballast weight are BC inflation, your trim, exposure suit, depth and breathing control. Your ballast weight and your trim are the only two factors that, once you’ve selected them, stay put. Ballast is the amount of weight it takes to keep you neutral in the water. Trim is about the position of your body weight relative to the position of your weight. Sometime when diving a rebreather you can tape lead washers on it to help with your trip.

There is one more thing to understand that will help with your buoyancy. It is controlling your breathing. Make sure you maintain proper breathing. Take long, relaxed breaths this will allow you to maintain control over your buoyancy.

To determine the amount of weight you need, you take your body weight, the diving suit you are going to use, the weight of your equipment and the environment you are diving in salt or fresh water. You can use about 10 percent of your body weight,  is a good starting point for a full  5 mm or more and for a 3 mm suit, use 5 percent of your body weight.

Dry suits and thick neoprene suits require more ballast to counteract the increased buoyancy of those suits in comparison with the thinnest. Body composition (the muscular density, for example) will also influence the necessary weight.

Remember to calculate for everything you are going to do and wear on your dive. If you are doing a long dive and plan to leave or remove something half way thru your dive. Say doing a ship attack, and you are taking limpets off. Plan for the whole dive. To check your buoyancy get into water deep enough to stay in an upright position, without treading and releasing all air from the vest. Inhale, in a normally, the surface of the water must be at the level of your eyes. When you exhale, you should sink until water covers your head and inhale again, you should emerge once again until the level of the eyes. Adjust your weight in small increments about 1 pound at a time.

Once you get your ballast weight and trim dialed in, you will be ahead of about 75% of all divers toward perfect buoyancy control. Now you can fine-tune your BC inflation to compensate for the very predictable changes due to breathing down your tank and changing depth and use only breath control to drop gently down to that cleaner shrimp, hover inches above it as long as you want and lift away from it harmlessly.

Lastly, there are advanced classes that you can take that focus on advanced skills like this. This may seem like a lot of work, but it will help make diving a lot better and make you more efficient at it.


Wounded Warrior Owned Valor Cycles to Bring Manufacturing and Tour Victory, Back to the US

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

San Antonio based Wounded Warrior, Adam Mattis, is bringing bicycle manufacturing back to the U.S., and aims to reclaim Tour de France glory for the USA.

Adam Mattis - Valor Cycles

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, October 17, 2018 –Strategy Consultant, and Wounded Warrior, Adam Mattis, has big goals. How big? Mattis not only intends to manufacture carbon fiber race bicycles in Texas, but he intends to put an American athlete on the podium of Tour de France in 2029, riding one of his bikes.

“We have so many amazing athletes, skilled people, and technological expertise in the US”, says Mattis, “it is borderline lazy to build anywhere else.”

Beyond the great people and knowledge, South Texas also has technological know-how: “..3D printing, small-batch manufacturing, direct-to-consumer customization: the customer has never seen anything like what we’re planning.”

Valor Cycles intends to apply the same skills and principles that Mattis has applied successfully within Fortune 100 companies and startups to the cycling company. In addition to his own knowledge, Mattis has enlisted an all-star cast of advisors to include Ben Verner of Marolina Outdoor, Nick Rowley of Idea Distribution, marketing guru Stef Peterson, innovation phenom Justin Klahn, design visionary Seth Archer, contracting expert Amy Hicks, and others to help keep Valor on track.

“It is all about fast, integrated learning cycles. We won’t get suckered into one design for years on end. We are reinventing the process around carbon manufacturing, we will build amazing product for our customers, and we will care for them like no other.”

Mattis and his team are first focused on reinvigorating America’s passion for road cycling, but they won’t stop there.

“The sky is the limit” says Mattis “I have learned hard lessons through my work as a consultant, and I will apply each one to Valor Cycles. We’re coming after the Tour de France. We are coming after the big, well-known brands, and after we win there, we are coming after full-suspension.”

After the exodus of cycle manufacturing to Asia, it will take impassioned innovators like Mattis and the Valor Cycles team to bring excitement, authenticity, and a competitive American edge back to cycling.

“Yea, it’s going to be hard, but that’s why we’re doing it. Those hard-fought victories are the sweetest of all.” To learn more please visit www.ValorCycles.com.
For investment inquiries, please email: info@valorcycles.com.

Remington Adds 6mm Creedmoor to Premier Match Ammunition

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) adds a new load to Premier Match Ammunition.

Ever hear the phrase, “you could drive tacks with ’em?” They’re probably talking about Remington Premier Match ammunition. Using only match-grade bullets, Premier Match ammunition employs special loading practices ensuring world-class performance and accuracy with every shot.

The 112 Grain Open Tip Match BT in this new 6mm Creedmoor load is the venerable Barnes® Match Burner™ Open Tip Match BT. The projectile has an astonishing .624 G1 ballistic coefficient for the flattest trajectory and excellent wind-bucking capabilities. Other offerings within the Premier Match line include 223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 300 AAC BLK, 308 Win, 300 Win Mag and 6.8mm Remington SPC.

More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

What’s Your Grail Gun?

Saturday, October 20th, 2018


While I don’t have one firearm that is on my all time, must have list, I’d say that the Stoner 63A is one I’d love to have.

The modular design is a feat of engineering, with an interesting list of users.

What’s your grail gun?