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SOWW Charity Rifle Raffle

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Matt “Axe” Axelson Tribute Rifle raffle raises funds for Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)3 charity which benefits wounded Veterans with various outdoor activities throughout the year.


The following is an overview of the technical specifications of the Axelson Tactical “AXE” Special Purpose Rifle. Each rifle has special engraving and has been Cerakoted with a 3 color camouflage pattern which was done by hand to provide each rifle a slightly different and unique look. Cerakote has been provided by PD Warehouse in Chandler, Arizona. All rifles are hand-fitted and checked by SIONICS Weapon Systems and inspected by a Master Armorer.

-Upper Receiver Half: The upper receiver half is built around the SWS 18” Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) barrel. The upper receiver is a standard M4 styled flat top upper receiver with M4 feed cuts made from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging.
-Barrel, SIONICS Weapon Systems: stainless 18” SPR barrel. The twist of the barrel is 1/8. This barrel is chambered in .223 Wylde, uses a .0995 gas port and features an M4 barrel extension. It uses a standard .750 gas block manufactured by Geissele Automatics. The muzzle device is a Battle Comp 1.0 manufactured by Battle Comp Enterprises.
-Rail System, Geissele Automatics: MKII SMR 15” free-floating rail system.
-Bolt Carrier Group: Bolt carrier is an M16 profile made from 8620 tool steel and features an NP3 coating. The carrier key uses (2) grade 8 fasteners and is staked to prevent loosening. The bolt is made from Carpenter 158 steel and meets standard MILSPEC requirements.
-Sights, Magpul MBUS PRO: front and rear sights.
-Charging Handle, Vltor/Bravo Company Gunfighter: MOD 4 handle.
-Lower Receiver Half: Standard M4 style made from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging. It features an enhanced aluminum trigger guard from B5 Systems.
-Lower Receiver Extension: Vltor MILSPEC dimension A5 lower receiver extension. It features a rifle action spring and the Vltor A5 5.33 oz. buffer.
-Trigger Group, Geissele Automatics: SSA-E trigger.
-Selector Lever, Battle Arms Development: Ambidextrous Selector Lever.
-Butt Stock, B5 Systems: Enhanced SOPMOD stock.
-Front Pivot Pin and Rear Take Down Pins, Battle Arms Development: Enhanced Pin Set.
-Pistol Grip, Bravo Company Manufacturing: Gunfighter MOD 0 grip.
-All other components are standard MILSPEC parts.


Monday, June 13th, 2016

Billed as ultraportable footwear, Skinners are a current Kickstarter campaign. They are shaped like a ankle high sock but with a rubberized compound on the sole and up around the heel and toe. This offers a grip and keeps you up off of the ground. Offered in Black with different colors of branding in several sizes.

Eagles and Angels Limited – Men’s Fashion Cut from the Cloth of Heroes

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

In a nutshell, Eagles and Angels Limited is Veteran owned and takes donated uniforms from folks who served and turns them into high end men’s fashion accessories. Everything is Made in the USA. Even better, 10% of the proceeds go to military charities.

Founder Tom F has started with a pocket square, something every man can use and has expanded to other items like remembrance ribbons. For a Veteran, or someone who supports our military, these can be a small symbol of what we hold dear and with Father’s Day coming up, E&A might have just what you’re looking for.

Make a statement. Support our veterans. Share their story.

Brownells & Magpul Partner in Memorial Day Promotion to Benefit Wounded Special Operators

Friday, May 27th, 2016

GRINNELL, Iowa (May 27, 2016) – Brownells announced Friday that it will donate five percent of its total sales this Memorial Day Weekend to Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW), a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreational events and other support for Purple Heart recipients of the U.S. Special Forces Community.

Magpul will match Brownells’ five percent donation by also donating five percent of its Memorial Day Weekend product sales sold at Brownells.

“We are incredibly thankful for the partnership with Brownells and Magpul,” said Joel Pellicci, Vice President of SOWW. “We are a small but growing organization that puts 93% of donations directly toward benefitting wounded Special Operators. This support means we’ll be able to assist more injured operators with the ultimate goal of helping them return a more normal life.”

Donations will be made from both Brownells and Magpul for sales made from Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM (CDT) through Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM (CDT).

Customers may learn more about the promotion specifically by visiting the Brownells/SOWW page or by visiting the Magpul/SOWW page directly.

3rd Annual CW2 DUSKIN 3-GUN – Part 1

Friday, May 27th, 2016

On Saturday May, 21st we closed the books on the 3rd Annual CW2 Duskin 3-Gun Match and once again it proved to be an event like no other!

The Duskin 3-Gun has been held each year on Fort Bragg and is organized and run by the members of the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group. It is an invite only match open to active duty military with two main goals in mind; to honor the fallen and promote competitive shooting as a training tool.

The match’s namesake, CW2 Mike Duskin, was a legend in the Special Operations Community. Not only was he a giant of a man at 6’7” and 300 pounds, but he was also a phenomenal shooter. Mike was killed 23 October 2012 in Wardak, Afghanistan chasing down three insurgents. His last words transmitted over radio were, “I am putting rounds up their asses.” Mike loved shooting competitively and was a firm believer in the idea that competition breeds excellence and the members of 3rd Group, of which Mike belonged; honor his legacy through this match.

The Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group has been continuously deployed since 2002, longer than any other SF Group, and this match serves as a way to support their efforts and honor their fallen. In addition, all of the match proceeds go directly to the Task Force Dagger Foundation whose mission is to support wounded, ill or injured USSOCOM service members and their families. This foundation works directly with the unit and the USSOCOM Care Coalition to respond to needs as quickly as possible. If you are looking for an organization to support where your donations will go directly to those in need and have the greatest impact, the Task Force Dagger Foundation is just that.

The CW2 Duskin 3-Gun Match continues to grow every year and this year we hosted 167 shooters. The match had huge support from the community with Warriors from all four branches of service in attendance including 3 wounded comrades from the Task Force Dagger Shooting Team. Over the past three years, we have introduced about 70 active duty service members to the world of competitive shooting and have seen the return of shooters who were new to competition in previous years return as seasoned competitors and semi-pro sponsored 3-Gunners. Most importantly, the command now has 70 more shooters who will bring their competitive experiences to training their force. I cannot stress enough the importance this match holds to the Special Forces Community both from a memorial and training standpoint. Many of the shooters served alongside Mike or had shot matches with him.

As in year’s past, the families of some of the fallen attended and helped out with the match including Mike’s wife, Maggie. This year Mike’s son, who is currently in the Army and planning on following the Special Forces track, shot in his honor. As a civilian, I have been blown away by the comradery and sense of honor this event exudes and have felt truly honored to be able to attend and support it for the last two years. To be part of an event that allows you to give back and shoot alongside these amazing individuals is a feeling like no other. I would encourage everyone, civilian and especially active duty military, to get out and try their hand at competitive shooting if you haven’t before. You will be hard pressed to find a group of people outside the military as supportive as the shooting community. I guarantee that even if you do not have your own firearms and show up at a match, someone will lend your theirs without hesitation; I’ve seen it done time and time again. Beyond knowing how to safely handle a firearm, you do not have to have any level of skill to get out there, meet people who will instantly make you feel like family, rapidly build your shooting confidence and ability, and have the time of your life. If you would like information on matches in your area, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to help!

Over the next week or so I will be adding additional posts regarding the overwhelming support we had from sponsors this year as well as highlights from the match to include stage descriptions, pictures and a match video. I promise that you’ve never seen anything like this…stand by!

De Oppresso Liber,

Donna Rettinger

Now on Kickstarter – The Pretzel Pillow

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

It looks like some form of restraint but the Pretzel Pillow is designed to offer comfortable sleep while sitting.  It supports your head, neck and arms.  Think airline seat where access to the armrest is nonexistent thanks to your rotund seat mate.

The BaseLantern from BioLite

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

BioLite has introduced a new technology to Kickstarter called the BaseLantern.

The BaseLantern is four times smaller than competitive lights yet incorporates bluetooth control and analytics high are used to create a miniature smartgrid built for outdoor environments. BioLite offers several different lighting options that can all connected.

BioLite also introduced a new technology to their devices called Edge-Lighting. It’s the same principle found in fiber optics which enables them to wrap their lenses tightly around the battery and LEDs, getting rid of the cavernous spaces typically found in lanterns.

Here are some features of this smartgrid.

1) Proximity Activation: The BaseLantern can geolocate to users and automatically turn itself off or on based on your relative proximity. It’s your very own beacon, clutch for hiking back to camp late-night.

2) Energy Feedback: When you’re outdoors and away from an outlet, managing your battery life is critical. The App gives you runtime right down to the minute and calibrates in real-time according to brightness settings and if you’re charging any external devices. No guess how much juice is left and you can optimize burntimes to last the length of your trip.

3) Color Spectrum Control: You can adjust the warmth of your light for task or ambience settings, turn it to red for night vision, or cycle through full colors if you’re looking to have a little fun. It all happens from an intuitive dial display that requires no learning curve.

4) Light Extension: The BaseLantern can integrate with BioLite SiteLights, compact string-lighting, and create an even wider perimeter of light, lighting large communal areas or utilizing a hub-and-spoke setup to light individual sites.

SOFIC 2016 – Yes, There Will Be Quaffing

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

What’s Gelände Quaffing you might ask? Well, it’s the awesomest beer drinking competition ever and finds its roots in the downhill ski community.

In 1986, the skis were skinny and the snow was fat, during a 14 foot storm, the infamous underground crew of the Jackson Hole Air Force was going stir crazy in the Bear Claw Café, waiting for the mountain to open. In those days the bartender would send a freshly filled beer mug sliding down the bar to the patron who ordered it. One fateful night a beer mug slid off the end of the bar, took air, was caught seconds before a glass shattering catastrophe, and promptly pounded. Gelände Quaffing was born. Apres’ ski competitions followed, testing the unique skills of all who entered, and provided exciting entertainment for all spectators. But somewhere along the way Gelände Quaffing was lost and the après ski spirit forgotten.

It’s quite a sight. Teams often costumed run from one end of the bar to the other and by the end of the night, they are feeling no pain. As in years past, this grudge match is also a fundraiser. Along with a silent auction, they raise some great coin for the All In, All The Time Foundation.

See you there!