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Widget Wednesday: Power to Prevail – The History of the Squad Power Manager

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Now part of the Revision Military® Nerv Centr® suite of products, following the acquisition of Protonex® in October of 2018, the Squad Power Manager™ (SPM-622) is an impressive piece of equipment with an interesting backstory.

The current (4th) generation of the Squad Power Manager is a rugged and easily-carried “multi-tool” of power constructed around a suite of intelligent power management algorithms. These built-in smarts enable the Squad Power Manager to run electronic equipment and recharge batteries simultaneously – with no user programming or input required. The SPM also has the capability of scavenging power from any source in the 4-34 Volt DC range – with a converter it can also harness AC power anywhere in the world as well.

The ruggedness, ease-of-use, dependability, and flexibility of the Squad Power Manager have made it a “must have” tool for troops on extended operations and/or deployed in austere environments. So much so, that the National Infantry Association honored the Squad Power Manager with a special feature in the Winter Issue of its official publication, “Infantry Bugler”. A PDF of the article can be downloaded or read online at The entire Winter Issue of “Infantry Bugler” can also be read online at the National Infantry Association’s website.

For further details about the Squad Power Manager, visit

Duraflex Consolidation Announcement

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

February 12, 2019

     National Molding will be consolidating the Duraflex production from both our Miami Lakes, FL and Ambridge PA. into our Largo, Florida facility.  Currently, the Largo plant manufactures medical products and they are well equipped to handle the attention to detail that the Duraflex line requires.   The equipment (presses and molds) from both facilities will be relocated to our Largo, FL plant.  We believe by consolidating all Duraflex production in one location we will be able to better serve our commercial and military customers. 

    We anticipate this transition to be completed mid-year 2019.  The Largo, FL plant is well equipped and staffed to handle the complexities of our Duraflex line.  We are excited to have all Duraflex production in one location and look forward to serving your plastic hardware needs in the future.

GTGConsult Teams with RE Factor Tactical to Introduce Baseline Target to US

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The Danish firearms training and consulting company GTGConsult has partnered up with RE Factor Tactical to bring their Baseline Target to the US market.

The GTG Baseline Target was designed to make it easier for recreational shooters as well as professional users to be efficient on the range, minimizing time spent on pasting targets while still upholding shot accountability and the ability to score.

To accomplish this the Baseline Target has a large number of individual target zones, and a single target can be used for approx. 200-250 rounds of quality training before being discarded.

GTGConsult has compiled a good selection of drills, exercises and tests developed and by leading firearms trainers, which are all specifically supported by the Baseline Target. These ‘Drill Cards’ are available as PDF downloads via their website and more drills are added regularly.

The GTG Baseline Target is available for individual or unit purchase in the US through RE Factor Tactical.

The GTG Baseline Target is available for individual or unit purchase in Europe through GTGConsult.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Sea Sickness

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

  Many people suffer from seasickness, especially during your first couple of times being on the water. Once you learn some of the basic tips for dealing with seasickness, it will become more natural and help you to move past having to take anything. A lot of the time, these remedies will be the easiest to implement because they require moving around on the boat.

 First stay ahead of it by taking meds before you go out on the boat. There are a variety of medications that are available to help prevent or treat motion sickness. They need to be taking 1-2 hours before you go out so plan ahead. Medicines for nausea are called antiemetic drugs. They include antihistamines such as Dramamine and scopolamine drugs, which come in pill or patch form and require a prescription.  

Focus on the horizon. By focusing, many people experience the extraordinary power of the brain to overpower the feeling of the waves. Get horizontal and close your eyes. Your ears control balance, but your eyes can deceive you. By adjusting your balance by 90 degrees from standing to laying down and keeping your eyes from paying attention to the rolling motion, your brain can work through the motion more easily.

Keep the fresh air coming. If you are sitting there with the engines running the exhaust air can start to make anyone sick, so try avoiding it as much as possible.

Move to the center of the boat. The rocking motion is typically significantly reduced where the center of gravity for the boat is more defined, so the motion will tend to not be as dramatic in the center of the boat if you are sitting there and can get into the water that will help also.  

      Eat Small Meals and Stay Hydrated. Eating smaller, more frequent treats and drinking water / Gatorade type drinks, will help by putting something in your stomach and also gives you something to do to help take your mind off it.

      Tilt Your Head Into Turns. Synchronizing your body with the motion may help reduce motion sickness. Turns and rotary motion tend to cause more severe motion sickness than travel in a linear motion.

      Look at the Horizon. Looking at the horizon will help you avoid sudden head movements. People who are prone to motion sickness tend to have more body sway while standing. Try to widen your stance to help reduce body sway. This is why people that have mTBIs tend to get motion sickness easier.

      Press on This Pressure Point. The point is located on the inner side of the forearm, about two inches (or three finger widths) above the crease of the wrist in between the two tendons.

     Ginger Root A widely used remedy for nausea, ginger root is often taken in the form of lozenges, tea, capsules, tablets, crystallized root, candies, or ginger ale.

      If you have tried all the above and you still feel sick the last thing you can try is sticking your finger in your mouth as far back as you can get it. Throwing up does help, and the bright side is it might make other people do it also. So you won’t be alone anymore.

If you get motion sickness or thing you will, remedies may be worth considering, especially if you are not able to take medication. If you are going to take meds is to try them before you step on the boat. If you have never tried it, it might make it worse if it makes you sick or sleepy. Good Luck and I hope this helps.


Max Michel Opens 2019 with a Big Win for Team SIG Using ROMEO3MAX Open Reflex Sight

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 7, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain, Max Michel for kicking-off 2019 with a big win in his first match of the competitive shooting season for Team SIG.  Michel competed in the 2019 Miami Open held January 11th through January 13th at the Homestead Training Center in Homestead, Florida and claimed first place in the Carry Optics Division. 

“This is a great start to the 2019 competition season for Team SIG.  Max’s intensity and continued focus on the Carry Optics division is bringing home wins for Team SIG and driving product development,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Max has been working for years with the design and engineering team at SIG SAUER Electro-Optics to develop a high-performance, competition open reflex carry sight that we’ve named the ROMEO3MAX.  This was the first time he competed with the ROMEO3MAX and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.” 

To claim his first place finish at the 2019 Miami Open, Max competed through 12 courses of fire, winning 11 using his P320X5, the newly developed ROMEO3MAX open reflex sight, and SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition. 

“The Miami Open was my first time running the ROMEO3MAX and it ran perfectly from start to finish.  The sun was brutal in Miami for this competition, and while others had issues with their optics, the ROMEO3MAX performed flawlessly,” added Michel.

The ROMEO3MAX is a compact, open reflex sight featuring a 30mm Max round lens design for superior field-of-view, a special red-notch filter for vivid red dot and unrivaled optical clarity, 6 MOA dot size for rapid target engagement, twelve illumination intensity levels, MOTAC activation, and up to 20,000 hours of runtime.  The sight is machined from aircraft grade aluminum in a matte black finish, with a side-loading battery tray, and waterproof (IPX-7 rated).

“We’ve been working with Max for over two years to optimize the design of the ROMEO3MAX reflex sight for competition pistol shooters and USPSA Open Gun Division mount configurations, and we could not be more proud of the result, and his positive feedback the first time running the optic in competition,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics.  “The ROMEO3MAX will be shipping July 2019, and congratulations to Max on what I’m sure is the first of many wins for 2019.” 

The SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition used by Max Michel in the 2019 Miami Open is available for purchase at

UF PRO – Hunter Gen.2 Sweater

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

TRZIN, SLOVENIA (08 February 2019)—UF PRO® said today its new Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater is now available for purchase online and at the company’s brick-and-mortar retail outlet in Trzin.

The lightweight and feature-rich UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater is designed to keep wearers warm and dry during the damp, cooler days and nights common during early to mid-spring and again during the autumn, according to Armin Wagner, head of product development for UF PRO®, maker of advanced-technology jackets, shirts, pants, hats, caps, and accessories for military and law-enforcement units.

“This is the sweater you’ll be glad you’re wearing when you’re out in the field on a mission this March and April or later in October and November—those times of year when it’s still too cold for a combat shirt but no longer cold enough for a well-insulated jacket,” Wagner said.

According to Wagner, the UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater does more than provide warmth. It’s water-repellent and 100-percent windproof, so wearers can expect to stay dry under foggy, misty, or drizzly skies and shielded from the effects of blustery breezes, he indicated.

As well, body sweat that comes into contact with the sweater’s uniquely formulated, lightweight thermal lining dries so quickly that wearers may not even realize they perspired, Wagner added.


“The thermal lining is made from COCONA® Inc. 37.5™ microfleece, a 100-percent polyester fiber,” Wagner disclosed. “We chose it because of its superior performance characteristics in the kinds of situations for which the Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater is designed to be worn.”

Other fabrics are employed as well in the UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater. “The exterior face fabric is 100-percent polyamide,” Wagner said. “And, to boost resistance to abrasion, we reinforced the sides with 100-percent nylon mesh starting at the armpits and extending down to the waist.”


Weighing slightly more than half a kilogram, the UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater folds or rolls up easily and consumes exceptionally little space in a backpack, Wagner emphasized. “Its low bulk means it can be taken everywhere, which is a good idea to begin with because you never know when the weather is going to turn against you—despite what the forecasters predict,” he said.


Wagner suggested that wearers will likewise appreciate several other key features—so much in fact that they will be inclined to make the UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater a first-choice go-to garment this spring and autumn.

“It comes with elastic cuffs and with twice as many pockets on the upper and lower arms as you’d expect,” he relays. “There’s a top strap you can grab with your teeth to let you unzip the upper-arm pockets with just a single free hand. And over the pockets you can affix a Velcro cover that comes with a pouch exactly the right size to stow a pen or a map light.

For more information about the UF PRO® Hunter Gen.2 Tactical Sweater along with other UF PRO® tactical gear, go to

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Deluxe Sherpa Divider

Friday, February 8th, 2019

FirstSpear has launched a new accessory component for the Sherpa Bag. The Deluxe 6/12 Divider was created to support additional functionally inside of the Sherpa you already own. These dividers are padded and feature “loop side” 6/12 so you can mount any MOLLE, 6/9, 6/12 or even hook backed Ragnar series pocket. Available now in Black or Manatee Grey only on Made in the USA!

5th Annual International Police K-9 Conference & Vendor Show

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Choose from 48 K-9 training classes in Las Vegas, NV, March 5, 6, 7 – 2019.

Police K-9 Magazine is hosting their 5th Annual International Police K-9 Conference for Police & Military Working Dog Handlers next month. The Police K-9 Conference brings together world-class K-9 instructors, top-notch vendors, and over 800 attendees from all over the world over a three-day period. The conference features 48 K-9 courses, including seminars and interactive K-9 demonstrations. Topics include tracking, scent training, bitework, K-9 nutrition, narcotics detection, and integrated search strategies.

Courses include:
• Hard Surface Tracking Dogs with Tobias Gustavsson of Scandinavian Working Dog Institute
• High Risk K-9 Patrol Operations and K-9 SWAT Deployment – S.K.I.D.D.S./CATS with Brad Smith of Canine Tactical Operations
• Protecting our Profession with Lt. Scott Klappenback of Special Investigations Bureau’s Highway Interdiction Team
• K–9 Stress Inoculation Prior to Deployments with Rodney Spicer of Gold Coast K9
• Terms, Data, & Concepts that Every Explosives Detection Canine Handler Should Know with Kevin Good of Battelle
• And many more!
• For a comprehensive look at the schedule, visit the Police K-9 Conference Full Line-Up.

The vendor hall will house 62 top-notch vendors over a two-day period featuring the latest in K-9 technology and equipment, including apparel, communications and nutrition. See a list of 2019 Exhibitors here.

Our host hotel suites are available for only $67/night at the Tuscany Suites & Casinos. Book your room by Monday, Feb. 11 for the $67/night group rate. Hotel information here.

For more information on Police K-9 Cop Magazine, visit or call (270) 534-0500. Register today and receive 16 hours of continuing law enforcement K-9 education.