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Blue Force Gear Sponsors Annual USASOC Urban Assaulter Challenge – Unveils Long Awaited MARCO Marking Stick Dispenser

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

POOLER, Ga., Sept. 20, 2017 – Blue Force Gear®, the designer and manufacturer of the world’s finest weapon slings and tactical equipment, will sponsor the United States Army Special Operations Command’s (USASOC) 2nd Annual Urban Assaulter Challenge slated for Monday, September 25, through Friday, September 29, at Fort Bragg, N.C. USASOC hosts this event so teams can put their training to the test and see who is the ultimate winner.

As a Top Level Sponsor, Blue Force Gear will be showcasing its new product lineup, including the newest product, MARCO™, designed to provide a more efficient, effective and compact way to carry marking lights for room clearing. Director of Product Development Stephen Hilliard will be in attendance at the on-range vendor display located on Range 37 to demonstrate products and answer questions.

With the MARCO marking stick dispenser, Blue Force Gear has revolutionized room clearing in tactical operations. Users can save critical preparation time during pre-mission tasks by not having to unwrap, tape, and bundle marking sticks. The dispenser design makes it simple for users – simply open the foil package with the pre-loaded dispenser, insert the MARCO dispenser inside of the belt or MOLLE pouch and proceed with the mission. The design provides a very low profile and prevents the accidental activation of a marking stick, which can cause unwanted light.

“We’re always proud to participate in events where we can work alongside the members of Special Operations Forces, one of our primary customer groups, and engage them on feedback about our products” said Stephen Hilliard, Director of Product Development for Blue Force Gear. “Our goal is to provide the armed forces with the best possible equipment to help fulfill their missions. We take their feedback seriously and we’re proud to support those vying for the title of “Best Assaulter” during the Urban Assaulter Challenge.”

About USASOC Urban Assaulter Challenge:
The USASOC Urban Assaulter Challenge places twelve, four-man teams against each other in a series of ten combat-oriented events that challenge their skill level, training methods and overall knowledge unique to the Special Operations Assaulter.

www.blueforcegear.com

MDM 17 – DRIFIRE/Crye Precision Field Uniform in Woodland MARPAT

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

At Warrior West DRIFIRE officially unveiled their FR Field Uniform collaboration with Crye Precision. The initial model was in MultiCam, with additional patterns to come.

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ADS Inc featured this Woodland MARPAT version in their booth at this year’s Modern Day Marine.

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These Berry compliant uniforms are made with DRIFIRE’s durable and comfortable Fortrex fabric. It’s not only FR but also moisture wicking and includes odor control. They are offered in the full CP size range which is prefect for those who are running a uniform program. The uniforms are also available in MultiCam, Desert MARPAT, US Navy Types II and III (AOR 1 and 2) and NATO Woodland (that’s what we wore in the 80s and 90s for you whippersnappers).

DriFire products are available for unit and agency purchases through ADS Inc.

MDM 17 – RE Factor Tactical Helmet Cover

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

RE Factor Tactical was exhibiting in the Quantico Tactical booth and gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming helmet cover.

It’s a combination of mesh and four way stretch softshell material.

It has a couple of unique features. for instance, the side Velcro can be pulled down in order to route cables behind it.

The rear pocket will accommodate a battery case and when opened comes with counterweight material. 

www.refactortactical.com

MDM 17 – SureFire Advanced Rifle Operating Core

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SureFire’s new Advanced Rifle Operating Core is a system consisting of an enhanced Bolt Carrier Group, Barrel Extension, Buffer and Spring.

Because AROC requires a new Barrel Extension, they’ve also developed a Drop-In BCG called the Optimized Bolt Carrier. It includes Buffer and Spring. Although it’s not fully optimized like AROC, it is backward compatible with existing Mil-Spec AR pattern rifles.

Below, you can see (top to bottom) the AROC, OBC and standard AR BCGs.

The AROC Bolt offers 30% longer bolt lugs. Naturally, this means it requires a longer Barrel Extension. This was done to eliminate bolt lug breakage.

Additionally, the Buffer is longer than the Mil-Spec version. The H8S comes with AROC and is 8 oz. The 2 oz H2S comes with the OBC. The included Action Spring offers additional tension.

Regardless of which SureFire BCG, the Gas Key features a single screw which SureFire’s Barry Dueck related is stronger than the standard two screw model.

The BCG features an internal weight which is spring loaded in both directions. This, along with the other elements, combine to offer additional travel time. This also affects the angle from the bolt to the feed ramp. With a standard M4, the angle is 52 Deg. For an M16A4, it’s 45 Deg. But with AROC, it’s 37 Deg.

When the Bolt is at the end of its stroke while using a Mil-Spec BCG, it takes 28 milliseconds for the bolt to travel back into battery. With AROC, it’s 38 milliseconds. That slight difference is signifigant, especially when firing full auto or suppressed, or both.

On the range, AROC was demonstrated successfully with both Piston and Direct Impingement rifles. Although we previewed a version of this at 2016 SOFIC, SureFire has been working with suppliers to bring the cost down signifigantly from the initial estimates. At this point, Bolt Carrier Groups are a commodity item. Prices are so low that even specialized versions, such as this, have to be price competitive as possible.

No word yet in when this will be released commercially.

www.surefire.com

See Quantico Tactical At Modern Day Marine

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Gentex Is At Modern Day Marine

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

MDM 17 – Pro-Shot Products

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

This year Pro-Shot Products is celebrating their 35th anniversary. They are a family owned business, located in Illinois, who make weapon cleaning products.

Pro-Shot Products has some innovate stuff, like their locking handles for their cleaning rods.

While they are very big in the commercial market, they’ve just recently began to sell in military channels. They are available through ADS Inc for unit and agency orders and have already begun to ship cleaning supplies to a variety of customers.

www.proshotproducts.com

Blue Force Gear to Showcase New Tactical Equipment At NTOA Tactical Conference & Trade Show

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

POOLER, Ga., Sept. 15, 2017 – As the designer and manufacturer of the world’s finest weapon slings and tactical equipment, Blue Force Gear is preparing to showcase two of its most popular products at the NTOA Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. From Sept. 24-29 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, show attendees will be able to see firsthand why the MicroTKN!™ and MARCO® are the two newest must-have products in tactical operations.

The MicroTKN! is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit NOW!™ and is designed to hold essential lifesaving medical supplies in a small, easy-to-carry pack that takes up minimal space and carries a low profile. Blue Force Gear’s goal with the MicroTKN! is to change the mindset of everyday carry to include trauma care, keeping tactical operators prepared for even the most drastic of situations. The kit comes in three options: basic, advanced and unfilled.

With the MARCO marking stick dispenser, Blue Force Gear has revolutionized room clearing in tactical operations with a more efficient, effective and compact way to carry marking lights. Users save critical time during preparation during pre-mission tasks by not having to unwrap, tape, and bundle chem sticks. The dispenser design makes it simple for users – simply open the Mylar package with the pre-loaded dispenser, insert the MARCO dispenser inside of the belt or MOLLE holster and proceed with the mission. The design provides a low profile and prevents the accidental activation of a chem stick, which can cause unwanted light.

Product demonstrations and seminars for the MicroTKN! and MARCO will be available at the Blue Force Gear booth number 811. Attendees will also have the chance to learn from educational courses and try interactive exhibits during the expo.

“We’re dedicated to providing the best tactical gear possible to law enforcement nationwide,” said Ashley Burnsed, CEO of Blue Force Gear. “The NTOA conference is a great opportunity to meet with our customers and we’re looking forward to showing them some of our next-generation gear from 2017.”

Find Blue Force Gear’s new products and current lineup at booth number 811.