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Shooter Symposium Wrap Up – Presented by SureFire

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

SureFire is the title sponsor of the finest firearms training event in the world, The Shooter Symposium. The Shooter Symposium is a one-of-a-kind training event in which 11 of the world’s top firearms instructors congregate to provide training over a three day period for 100+ likeminded attendees. Students will have the opportunity to train with up to seven of the instructors over the course of the weekend. Courses include handgun, rifle, low-light, night vision, medical and force-on-force combatives. On top of phenomenal training, the first day hosts a vendor show and live-fire range day along with several competitions where students will have a chance to win tens of thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The prize table will include SureFire suppressors, WeaponLights, holsters and many more tactical products from supporting brands. The 2019 instructor roster includes: Robert Vogel, Mike Pannone, Craig Douglas, Aaron Cowan, Dan Brokos, Jared Reston, Kerry Davis, Bill Blowers, Steve Fisher, Chuck Pressburg, Scott Jedlinski and Kyle Defoor has just signed on for The Shooter Symposium 2020! Learn more at:  www.shootersymposium.com The Ranch TX www.theranchtx.net


Instructor list:

Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics

Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical

Chuck Pressburg of Presscheck Consulting

Craig Douglas of ShivWorks

Dan Brokos of Lead Faucet Tactical

Jared Reston of Reston Group Critical Solutions

Kyle Defoor of Defoor Proformance Shooting

Kerry Davis of Dark Angel Medical

Mike Pannone of CTT-Solutions

Robert Vogel of Vogel Dynamics

Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts

Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project

Propper Donates Portion of Memorial Day Week Proceeds to USO of Missouri

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Military supporter Propper International donates over $6,400 from Memorial Day sales to the USO of Missouri.

ST. CHARLES, MO. JUNE 11, 2019

For the third year, Missouri-based tactical gear company Propper International teamed up with the USO of Missouri to honor Memorial Day and to further the USO’s mission to “strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.”

This year’s donation of $6,404.55 included proceeds from Propper.com sales during the week leading up to and including Memorial Day.

“Propper has proudly supported our fighting men and women for over 50 years, starting with our first military contract back in 1967,” said John Negrau, VP, Marketing & eCommerce for Propper. “As a Missouri-based company, we are honored to continue to support our local USO of Missouri and the dedicated service members who use their great facilities.”

Each state’s USO branches operate independently and rely solely upon local support. The USO of Missouri is a non-profit 501(c)(3), is not part of the Department of Defense, and receives no government or military funding. All financial support comes from individual and corporate donors.

“Propper’s support and generosity over the last three years has helped us keep our facility open for service members,” said Christine Trotter, Development Director for USO of Missouri. “Without support such as theirs, we couldn’t continue to serve the over 270,000 military and their families who pass through our doors each year.”

The main USO of Missouri branch at St. Louis International Airport is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is open to all active duty military personnel and their dependents.

Warfighter Countdown – Warrior Expo East Key Note & Educational Courses

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Warrior Expo East takes place on July 10-11, 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Warrior East will kick off with Keynote Address by Admiral James Stavridis on July 10th at 0900.

A distinguished leader and longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis provides answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

The subject is “The Key to Being An Effective Leader” which is based on his nearly four decades of military service, advocating a unique model of “leader as servant.”

Just like last year, there will be some great training available for attendees. But having reviewed the schedule, this year looks even better. Here are two standouts.

First up is a UAS-centric course presented by ADS’ very own Business Development Manager, Creighton Holt. Class topic: C4ISR: Counter UAS—The Rise of Commercial Threats, July 10, 1200 -1300

There’s also a Human Performance course taught by Rob Wilson, Human Performance Specialist, who has trained individuals in the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Program which will focused on controlling stress response. The same tactics SEALs and Snipers use to stay calm in the heat of battle are the same techniques used to lower your heart rate to fall asleep or recover from a TBI.

Don’t miss out, Register now at warriorexpo.com/east-register.

“ATLAS” Eye Protection System From A7 Aerospace and Defense

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The “ATLAS” eye protection system features i-RMR (pronounced eye armor) super ballistic lens technology and GHOST SHIELD, the industry’s clearest and fastest photochromic technology. The Atlas can withstand a shotgun blast from 10 feet away and a shot from a 22 long rifle from under 5 feet away with no penetration and no deformation to the lens. 

The United States military has increased the ballistic requirement for eye protection from 650 per second to 725 feet per second, of which many competitors cannot meet with their standard lenses. The Atlas is over 1000 feet per second and it has achieved this remarkable performance with a photochromic lens. 

The Atlas eye protection system also features a lightweight and unbreakable TR-90 frame with arms that are compatible with ear protection, and a 3 way adjustable nose piece for a secure and custom fit. Lens options include standard clear and tinted lenses as well as A7’s proprietary Ghost Shield photochromic lens and A7’s unique high definition and photochromic lens.

Proprietary technology , superb engineering, unmatched protection. A7 Defense & Aerospace, welcome to the next level.


PTS Syndicate Licenses MAWL For Airsoft

Monday, June 10th, 2019

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., known for its rugged, advanced photonic solutions for the defense and aerospace industries, and  PTS Syndicate, a prolific licensee of products in the tactical market, are proud to announce an exclusive licensing agreement to bring the internationally recognized B.E. Meyers & Co. MAWL® (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser) to the global airsoft community. PTS Syndicate will be manufacturing and bringing to market the MAWL® -PTS, the only official licensed MAWL® replica, which will be easily accessible to consumers through PTS Syndicate’s extensive distribution network in Asia, Europe, and North America.


The MAWL® family of weapon lasers has been adopted by select Special Operations Forces around the world, and is currently in use, and deployed with a variety of U.S. and international defense, government, and law enforcement agencies as a standard weapon laser. It departs from the typical box design as a response to direct end-user feedback. With the ability to seamlessly transition power output, and divergence to adapt to environmental demands, the MAWL® is based off of three design parameters: to be used under stress, in the dark, and with gloves on. Incorporating cutting edge VCSEL technology for clearer, and more consistent illumination, with improved ergonomics and interface, the B.E. Meyers & Co. MAWL® remains unparalleled in performance.

For more information on the MAWL®-PTS, including its official release date, please watch www.ptssyndicate.com. For more information on the MAWL® and other B.E. Meyers & Co. products please visit www.bemeyers.com

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Buoyancy Compensator Device

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

The buoyancy compensator device is the cornerstone of a SCUBA diving rig.  It holds the tank securely and assists in routing the air hoses.  Its integrated weight system secures ballast weights, and the valve system keeps a scuba diver neutrally buoyant and in control when descending, ascending, and while exploring the depths. The BCD (sometimes just called a BC) is available in three basic styles: jacket, front-adjustable, and back-inflate.  Determining which is the best BCD for you depends on where you’re going to use it, along with your diving style and skill level. 

The Scuba Vest

The jacket-style BCD was diving’s original buoyancy compensator design and is still very popular among divers, from the newly certified to the veteran.  Easy to use, it offers lots of lift capacity and requires minimal adjustment.  When SCUBAPRO unveiled the first stabilizing or “stab” jacket over forty years ago, it revolutionized the diving BCD market.  Providing unequaled stability, its unique design uses unrestricted internal passageways to allow air to flow throughout the jacket and accumulate at the highest point.  This makes for a stable ride under water and a comfortable and relaxed face-up floating position on the surface.  A direct descendant of the original “stab” jacket, SCUBAPRO’s modern Classic jacket-style dive BCD combines the best design and construction features of past and present.  Built tough, armed with a first-class valve system and offering an outstanding buoyant lift, the Classic is the original jacket-style BCD, and still one of the best.  “Stab” jacket fans include dive instructors, technical divers, commercial divers, and military divers. 

The Front-Adjustable BCD

A front-adjustable BCD provides a sense of comfort and security that can transform your dive from one of trepidation to total self-assurance.  With the ability to adjust shoulder, chest and waist straps to achieve the perfect fit, and with air cells positioned under your arms and around your waist, a front-adjustable BCD hugs you. An excellent example of a front-adjustable design is the Glide.  Ideal for all types of SCUBA diving, when it comes to comfort, fit, and performance, this buoyancy compensator sets the bar.  Its innovative Y-Fit shoulder design delivers exceptional comfort, control, and range of motion.  Stable both at depth and while floating on the surface, it is popular with new divers, experienced divers who dive infrequently, and divers who like the idea of being surrounded in comfort.  

The Back-Inflate BCD

A back-inflate BCD, like the name implies, positions its air cell behind you.  By doing so, front-body bulkiness disappears, leaving an uncluttered chest area, and hydro-drag is radically reduced, creating a feeling of total diving freedom.  Compared to other BCD designs, this can feel like you’re diving with no equipment at all.  Back-inflate BCDs, like the Seahawk 2 or the unique HYDROS PRO, considered the best back-inflate BCD, also tend to place you in the optimum swimming position at depth naturally, and wearing one you will never suffer from body squeeze.  Advanced divers, travel divers and photography models are enthusiastic devotees of the back-inflate BCD.  However, having your buoyancy behind you tends to push you forward on the surface and requires that you pay a bit more attention to your trim weights. This can easily be accomplished with practice, but it’s why the back-inflate BCD tends to be favored by more experienced divers.

The General-Purpose BCD vs. Travel BCD vs. Hybrid BCD

General-purpose SCUBA BCDs are loaded with comfort features like padding and neck rolls and depth-compensating cummerbunds.  They also offer high lift capacities and big weight ditch systems able to hold lots of ballast weight. These BCDs are ideal for temperate to cold-water diving where thick wetsuits or dry suits are required for thermal protection.  If you do most of your diving near home in lakes, quarries or high latitude oceans, these diving BCDs will do the trick.  The above-mentioned Classic jacket-style and Glide front-adjustable are both excellent examples of general-purpose BCDs. Also, a good choice is the back-inflate Seahawk 2. It is built rugged for cold-water diving and offers a generous buoyant lift.  

If you do most of your diving on vacation or in warm-water locales, a travel BCD would be a good choice.  These SCUBA BCDs are lighter in weight, offer less buoyant lift and smaller ballast weight pouches, and they pack extremely easy.  The Litehawk is a back-inflate BCD designed specifically for dive travel; so is the GO, which is built for traveling divers who prefer the fit and feel of a front-adjustable BCD. 

Of course, many divers divide their diving time between excursions close to home and trips to exotic diving locales.  To avoid diving locally with an under-powered travel BCD, or lugging an over-powered


general-purpose BCD halfway around the world, some divers choose to own two SCUBA BCDs – one for home and one for vacation.  Other divers opt for a hybrid BCD – a SCUBA BCD that, by virtue of its unique design attributes, can perform as well in local waters as it does in distant tropical waters.


If going hybrid sounds like your kind of diving, there is no better example of a first-rate hybrid BCD than the innovative HYDROS PRO.  A real breakthrough in dive comfort and convenience, the HYDROS PRO includes both a full-sized integrated weight system and Trav-Tek harness straps.  With a quick switch of clips, you can transform a powerful fully weight integrated temperate or cold-water scuba BCD into a lightweight and streamlined harness travel BCD.  Modular in design for a lifetime of diving and fully customizable, you simply have to see this SCUBA BCD appreciate all it offers fully.  The HYDROS PRO is an incredible feat of SCUBAPRO engineering.


Best Women’s BCD

Buoyancy compensators are generally considered unisex SCUBA equipment.  For example, the above-mentioned jacket-style Classic and back-inflate Seahawk 2 and Litehawk, as well as the front-adjustable X-Black and Equalizer, can all be worn by both male and female divers. However, women are unique in size and shape, and they often face difficulties finding a BCD that fits right, provides good stability, and is easy to control in the water.  For this reason, there are buoyancy compensators available that are specifically designed, tailored, and sized for female divers.  On these BCDs, you’ll find smaller air bladders, shorter inflator hoses, and curved shoulder straps, to name just a few of the modified features intended to deliver a more comfortable and secure fit while diving the depths.  The Bella is an excellent example of this refined design approach.  Ideal for all types of SCUBA diving, this durable buoyancy compensator outshines all other front-adjustable female-specific BCDs when it comes to exceptional comfort, fit, and performance.  Moreover, for back-inflate BCD aficionados, there is the one-of-a-kind HYDROS PRO, which is also available in a model designed especially for women.  


The Back Plate and Wing

While not SCUBA BCDs in the traditional sense, backplate systems perform the same important buoyancy control device tasks – they take a different approach in doing it.  A standard backplate system consists of three basic components: a SCUBA back plate to hold the tank, a diver’s harness to strap the back plate to the diver, and an air cell, or dive wing, to provide the buoyant lift.  Put them together, and you have a backplate system.  A typical system, for example, would be an X-Tek Back Plate in either stainless steel or aluminum, an X-Tek Donut Wing air cell, and an X-Tek Form-Tek diver’s harness.  While suitable for any divers, these systems are most commonly used by technical divers, and they are designed for either single or double tank configurations.  They are modular, so you can mix and match the right type of back plate to the right sized wing for your type of diving, plus they are incredibly stable and offer advantages in distributing ballast weight. 

Jacket-style, front-adjustable, back-inflate. General-purpose, travel, hybrid.  Also, don’t forget the backplate system — lots of different choices for so many different divers and so many different diving styles.    



New SIG SAUER Academy Course: Ballistic Data Xchange Optics System

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Get Ready for Hunting Season at the SIG SAUER Academy with the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System Course

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 6, 2019) –SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX™) Optics System Course to the upcoming class schedule.  


The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Ballistic Data Xchange Optics System combines traditional hunting equipment with technology. BDX is a fully integrated rangefinder and riflescope system that utilizes Applied Ballistics Ultralight and Bluetooth™ using an Android or iOS device to calculate and illuminate the exact holdover dot for the perfect shot. BDX™ is simple, fast, and intuitive – just connect the dot.

The BDX Optics System Course explores the practical understanding of the complete BDX system and its application for hunting, training, and competition for the precision scoped rifle shooter.  Students in this one-day course will learn how to operate the already easy to use BDX system, and apply their skills on the range with the BDX system shooting multiple targets at varying distances.

A complete BDX system will be provided to all class participants for hands-on-use and training.

The first offering of the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System Operator is June 18, 2019.  To register and review the course outline for Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Optics System, or review the comprehensive course offering for SIG SAUER Academy visit sigsaueracademy.com.


Wild Things Father’s Day Sale Starts NOW!

Friday, June 7th, 2019


Shop today for 15% off of the entire WildThingsGear.com site and reward the hardworking dads in your life with some new gear!

Click the link for “WILD” Father’s Day deals: https://www.wildthingsgear.com/

Sale runs June 7th-17th. Feel free to contact us at cs@wildthingsgear.com with any questions. Stay WILD!