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Mr. Jamie Wilford Joins B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. As The Senior International Business Development Manager

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Jamie Wilford

(Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. is proud to announce that Mr. Jamie Wilford, OBE, MA, has joined the team as the company’s Senior International Business Development Manager.

“Jamie’s years of international market experience are phenomenal, as well as his extensive operational experience around the world”, said Matt Meyers, Director of Business Development for B.E. Meyers & Co. “We are extremely fortunate to have him as part of the Business Development team as we continually expand our capabilities as a company”.

Prior to this position he was Senior International BD Manager in Exelis for Middle East and Africa with particular responsibility for Night Vision and Communications Solutions.

Joining ITT (Exelis) in 2009, Jamie Wilford held a series of increasingly responsible appointments and upon spin off of ITT into Exelis assumed a senior Business Development Role in Electronic Systems and then later in 2012 was appointed Senior International Business Development Manager for Night Vision and Communications Solutions responsible for Middle East and Africa. During his time in ITT/Exelis, Jamie Wilford generated in excess of $260M in Orders and Sales.

Jamie Wilford Served in the British Army for over 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served exclusively in the British Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces where he held increasingly senior Command and Staff appointments in Battalion, Brigade, Division, Permanent Joint Headquarters and the MOD. He conducted numerous operations that included multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Central America, Sierra Leone, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded Operational Honors from HM Queen Elizabeth for operations in Kosovo (MBE), Sierra Leone (QCVS) and Afghanistan (OBE).

After leaving the Army in 2005, Jamie Wilford joined Olive Group in Iraq where he was appointed as the Director of Program and Plans, responsible for generating new business and managing multiple high profile security contracts with the US Army, NATO, Iraq Government and numerous Reconstruction Primes and Oil and Gas Majors, overseeing an annual turnover of in excess of $60M. He moved to ITT in 2009 after 4 years in Iraq.

Jamie Wilford holds a Master’s Degree from Kings College London, an Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield University and was a graduate of the British Army Command and Staff College in 1996.

Jamie Wilford lives in the United Kingdom with his wife Katherine and their three children

Jamie can be reached at

Chase Tactical / Warrior Assault Systems To Attend NTOA Tactical Conference And Trade Show

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Chase Tactical NTOA

Warrior Assault Systems and Chase Tactical will be attending the NTOA Tactical Conference and Trade Show this year in Salt Lake City, August 30-31. If you’re attending the show, give them a visit at Booth 1126.

Blast From The Past – SSD Visits DuPont

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

SSD made this visit to DuPont back in August of 2010. The post offers a great look at the advantages of FR materials.

DuPont’s Spruance facility in Richmond, Virginia recently hosted SSD for an in depth look at Fire Resistance and Ballistic Protection.

Back in the 60s a new class of fabrics was developed, called Aramids with DuPont at the forefront of their creation. Two fabrics in this class have become the cornerstones of modern Soldier Survivability; Kevlar and Nomex. They provide Ballistic and Fire protection respectively. Kevlar was initially developed by DuPont for tire belts but not put to its current use until the early 70s. Nomex on the other hand was quickly integrated into flying and space suits not long after its creation.

The most compelling portion of the visit was the ThermoMan lab. Composed of 122 sensors, ThermoMan was designed with the assistance of NC State. In addition to the mannequin, there is also a skin burn injury model that takes data collected at the sensors and displays how a thermal threat would equate to an injury to the human body. One interesting aspect of the ThermoMan over other testing methods such as the commonly used vertical flame test is that the ThermoMan tests not only the material’s performance but also the garment’s overall design and construction. This is a critical factor in protecting a wearer from thermal threats. If a flame can get inside a garment then the wearer might as well not be wearing FR at all. Interestingly, the pocket configuration of the issue flight suit is designed to provide additional protection for the wearer by doubling the layers of Nomex in certain key areas. Testing has revealed that most injuries actually occur after the flame threat is removed and the wearer is subjected to residual heat retained by the garment.

We witnessed two burns consisting of a 3 second burn delivering 6 calories. It is intended to replicate a JP4 fire. In the first burn, an issue CWU-27/P US issue flight suit manufactured from Nomex III.

As you can see, minimal damage was sustained by the ThermoMan due to the material and design of the flight suit. it is important to note that while the ThermoMan does a great job predicting injuries, actual injuries may vary due to a wearers body and the fit of the garment. Experience has shown that 1% injury equates to 1 day in the hospital. In this case, the ThermoMan indicated 7% injuries.

In the second, a similar looking flight suit manufactured from 65/35 PolyCotton was subjected to the same threat. PolyCotton, a mixture of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton is commonly found in Chinese made garments. There IS a place for this fabric, but as you will see in the video, it isn’t in a flame threat environment. Rather, PolyCotton is a cool fabric and very good for use in warm climates. The choice of materials goes back to our recent article concerning knowing your equipment, the threat, and environmental conditions and making an informed choice about which equipment to choose. As you can see the PolyCotton not only caught on fire but it continued to burn even after a direct flame was removed. In this case, the ThermoMan sustained 75% injuries.

During our visit to the ballistics lab we witnessed a demonstration of testing of an armor vest and were introduced to the various apparatus used during testing. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to try out first hand correctional armor which is designed to stop stab and puncture threats. We were amazed at how much differently ballistic and correctional armor reacted to the icepick type of shiv commonly found in correctional facilities. The bottom line is that correctional armor works.

We were fortunate enough to be able to discuss a variety of current Soldier Systems issues with the DuPont team but probably the most important message we got was that DuPont is constantly looking at new ways to use their flagship products. Adaptability is the key as they not work to improve the performance of their materials but also as they seek new ways to use their products as well as combine them with other fibers.

While in years past many vendors would have pushed monolithic solutions to threats, it makes more sense now to develop hybrid solutions that combine multiple fibers into a more robust material. This way, the best characteristics of different materials can be combined into a common solution.

Overall, the meeting was excellent and we left with a greater appreciation of the level of commitment DuPont has to protecting our troops and public safety professionals.

C&H Precision Weapons Expands Product Offering With Addition Of Heinkel And Castaneda

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Veteran-Owned Rifle Shop Now Offers Slide Machining and Stippling

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LaBelle, FL – August 25, 2015 – C&H Precision Weapons, manufacturers of the highest-quality custom-built precision rifles, have announced they have expanded their operations to include custom grip, slide and barrel machining work through the recent addition of their newest machinists, Chris Heinkel and Fierr ‘Kazz’ Castaneda.

Specializing in slide, barrel and grip modifications, Heinkel and Castaneda bring over six years of experience in machining to the company.

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Castaneda, the son of internationally know Weapons and Tactics instructor, Cazz Castaneda, is a life-long shooter – having competed in USPSA matches since he was 7-years-old. He relocated to Fort Myers to serve as a project manager for Altair Training Solutions, and has been machining high tolerance tools for over five years.

Heinkel, an expert at stippling pistol grips, has a background in precision machining. Chris also has a background in security and corrections; having served as a Corrections Officer for both Charlotte and Suwanee county.

“C&H’s foundation was built on the simple pursuit of preserving our favorite rifle, the M40 series, and the skills required to build it for current and future generations,” stated Partner and Co-Founder, Buck Holly. “With the ever-present call for the customization of our client’s daily carry pistols, we recognized the demand and instantly sought the talents and professionalism of Chris and Kazz. We’re honored to have them as part of the C&H team – and look forward to providing our customers with this new product feature.”

C&H specializes in the USMC M40 series rifles, the standard issue bolt-action sniper rifle used by U.S. Marine Scout Snipers for nearly 50 years, the company offers the M40 in three variants – M40A1, M40A3 and M40A5; with each rifle authentically built to the exact USMC specifications by a former U.S. Marine 2112 (Precision Weapons Technician).

Owned and operated by two former enlisted U.S. Marines with a combined 35 years of military service, the company maintains the same ethics and character instilled in them by the Marine Corps, which are expected and appreciated by all customers.

Partner and Co-Founder, Dave Clark (Ret.MGySgt), who served 26 years in the Marines as a 2111 (Small Arms Technician), 2112 (Precision Weapons Technician) and 2181(Senior Ground Ordnance Maintenance Chief); the former NCOIC of the famed USMC PWS (Precision Weapon Section) at Quantico VA, manages the shop, ensuring the accuracy of each firearm before it leaves.

In addition to the M40 rifles and the new machining services offered, the company also produces custom builds; working with each customers’ unique set of requirements for their particular application – whether for tactical teams, competitive shooting, long range hunting or light-weight rifles for extreme hunting trips.

Combat Flip Flops Taps Another Industry Veteran – Ned Post, former CEO Of Smith Optics, Joins As Advisor

Monday, August 24th, 2015


{Issaquah, WA} – Combat Flip Flops, a veteran-owned small business creating economic, educational and life-saving opportunities for those living in conflict areas, has announced another wringer to the line-up; Ned Post, former CEO of Smith Optics, has joined as an advisor.

“Post military service, I was fortunate enough to work with Ned in support of Smith Elite,” said Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin, Combat Flip Flops Co-founder and CEO. “His leadership, style, and ability to motivate were inspiring. As an advisor and mentor, Ned will push Combat Flip Flops to the next level and we’re honored to have him help lead the Unarmed Forces.”

For over 20 years, Ned Post led Smith Optics out of Ketchum, ID as its CEO. During his tenure, Smith and his team transformed a small goggle company into a global outdoor and lifestyle accessories business, adding product lines including sunglasses, optical eyewear, helmets and ballistic military eye protection. Smith sales grew from $15 million to $110 million under his leadership and the brand became recognized as the market leader in winter sports goggles and helmets in North America.

“Since meeting Griff and learning about Combat Flip Flops’ mission, I’ve been inspired. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your life turned upside down by the impact of war and while I don’t pretend to know what the solution is, I believe in what Combat Flip Flops is doing and can’t wait to join the movement,” said Post.

Quantico Tactical Holds Grand Opening Celebration In North Carolina

Friday, August 21st, 2015

440-Soldier Systems FINAL

Quantico Tactical has just opened its Aberdeen, North Carolina retail store, in conjunction with a new headquarters and warehouse/distribution facility. In celebration, they’re holding a Grand Opening event, this weekend! The celebration includes a company-wide 20%-off sale, pulled pork sandwiches made fresh from the company’s own wood-fired smoker, a close-out merchandise tent sale, free gifts with purchase, opportunities to win gear and equipment, and several manufacturers onsite showing off their latest products.

The event is taking place August 21st – 22nd at 9796 Aberdeen Road in Aberdeen, NC. Hours are 10am – 6pm today, and 10am – 5pm on Saturday. All Military, Law Enforcement, and the general public are welcome to attend.

How One Woman Turned Her Field Medical Equipment Manufacturing Business on Its Head

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Brenner’s Steel Will

When your family has been in the business of making field hospital beds for more than 60 years with designs that are still in use today, what do you do for an encore? You make an even better bed that adheres to the same standards of quality for which that the corporation has become known. That’s exactly what Christine Brenner did, and her attention to detail and dedication to her customers shine through in every aspect of her corporation’s products.

In 2011, Christine came into the family business spotlight as the owner and CEO after the passing of her husband Sidney Brenner. Ever since she took the reins of the 60-plus year-old company, she has continued to uphold Brenner Metal Products Corp’s reputation for quality while refining and redefining the corporation’s offerings and products to better suit customers’ requirements. But as Brenner will tell you, it has not been smooth sailing and she has done her fair share of kicking and screaming to get the corporation where it is today.

While the corporation makes more than adjustable field hospital beds, this product has certainly become the feature item as a testament to the exacting attention to detail and specifications that brought mainstream production of the bed back to Brenner. Brenner Metal Products Corp. was the original manufacturer for the Department of Defense (DOD) beds in the 1960s. While their original design has definitely stood the test of time, new requirements prompted U.S. Army Medical Material Agency (USAMMA) leaders to revamp the original design.

The request for a new design came out in 2012, during Christine’s transition to the president and CEO seat. The bid went unanswered and USAMMA officials, unable to find a design that met their specifications, settled on an unmodified bed. The contract went into limbo.

It wasn’t until 2013, after dwindling DOD requests and a noticeable shift in the way government agencies made purchases, Brenner began asking questions about new procurement methods before finally being directed to a “DOD Vendor Day.” It was there, she met USAMMA officials who informed her of the previous request in 2012 and the existing necessity for a modified bed that could meet all specifications. As Brenner stated, “I needed to find a place where I could fit back in. It felt good to finally find an audience because it gave me an opportunity to make Brenner Metal the corporation it needed to be. This was my time to define the business.”

Brenner asked for a shot at the contract and was given consideration for the bid based on the corporation’s past performance and a long-standing tradition of excellence with regard to the existing field hospital bed design. There was no doubt in her mind that her team could match the desired specifications, stating that this redesign was more than just a “square-filler” project but rather would be the result of thoughtful design. This was her opportunity to prove that Brenner Metal Products Corp. could once again deliver the types of products that would hit every mark and stand the test of time.

“When we received the request, my team and I were determined to give them [USAMMA] exactly what they were looking for,” said Brenner. “I can do it. I gave myself three months to give them everything they wanted. In the end, it was exactly what they needed. I went beyond what they had asked for and they didn’t change a thing.”

The team at Brenner was shooting for perfection, but that can only be achieved by asking copious questions, lots of trial and error and unwavering attention to detail, all the way down to what type of clip to use when securing the bed for transport and the length of the bedrails. There was obviously a deliberate hand in the creation of this product. Laughing, Brenner states that she will never be finished perfecting this bed. It’s the thing that keeps her up at night and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I was only given very general specs so I had to put this together in my own mind and think what would be best,” said Brenner. “But I knew, this would be the thing that redefined who we are as a company. After lots and lots queries and research, we made the bed what we thought it should be. I built it for the end-user. If anybody truly deserves the very best, our wounded warriors do.”

The field hospital folding bed is constructed of aluminum alloy and weighs only 70 lbs. It was modified for use by field medical personnel at fixed medical installations. Now, the bed consists of an outer frame with attached folding hinged legs and pad-type feet, modified to interchange with caster wheels at either end. The head can be raised to 65 degrees in order to support sitting or lowered for the Trendelenberg position, where the head is lowered and the feet are elevated. Accessories include a swivel tray, detachable side rails, adjustable feet pads, castor wheels, mattress pad, mesh under mount shelf and personal effects bag. The bed, along with all components easily fits into a nylon bag with Velcro buckles for easy transport, all proudly made in Wallington, N.J.

Improvements from the currently in-use field hospital bed are the adjustable side rails, a three-inch mattress pad for extended patient care, adjustable leg positions at one-inch increments, interchangeable six-inch castor wheels and a dual purpose swivel arm mayo tray, to name a few.

While this bed will undoubtedly see plenty of action in remote field hospitals around the world, its most noteworthy venue will be as one of the components of UN Level II hospitals currently being sourced by the U.S. State Department, through ADS, Inc. The latest request for these facilities was provided to Togo for support in Mali. The connection came as part of ADS’ kitted solution that provides fully DOD and FDA qualified UN Level II medical centers for use in designated areas of conflict. More than 45 partners joined with ADS, Inc., the Virginia Beach-based solutions provider and force multiplier to develop a one-stop medical solution for the U.S. State Department. The entire facility can be transported anywhere in the world via six, 20-foot shipping containers. Brenner’s portable, folding field hospital bed is an important part of that solution.

What’s the next step for Brenner’s team? After partnering with ADS, she began fielding orders from U.S. Marine Corps medical teams, as well as continuing to fulfill orders for adjustable field hospital beds to USAMMA and the DOD. Brenner views the ADS partnership as the game-changer when it comes to taking her business to the next level. “I’m really excited to work with ADS because our partnership put my product out there at different level. I have domestic and international exposure now. It’s really going to take me to the next level.”

Brenner also plans on revisiting and reengineering other medical field equipment, breathing new life into the tried and true designs of the business. Her take on this, “I am excited for the opportunity to modify and create products that will satisfy my customers and brand Brenner Metal Products as a leader in supplying medical field equipment for the next generation.”

Thanks to ADS for this cool story about Brenner Metal Products Corp.

IWI US Announces New Commercial Sales Representative

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Harrisburg, Pa. (August 2015) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announces the addition of former law officer, Rebecca McCoy, to the position of commercial sales representative for IWI US. McCoy, a police academy graduate, brings with her eight years as a police officer and firearms instructor, six years with the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Department (CPD) and was the only female member of the Special Response Team (SRT). She was a part-time officer with Highspire and Steelton Police Departments and formerly part-time armorers’ vendor and instructor with IWI US. McCoy will now assume a full-time role with IWI US where she’ll be managing and growing the commercial sales sector and supporting IWI US’s law enforcement sales and marketing efforts.

Rebecca McCoy

“Rebecca joins our ranks with an incredible skill set and a professional knowledge bank of IWI US’s firearms product line,” Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales and marketing for IWI US commented. “She is a fantastic communicator and has the kind of leadership qualities needed to take our sales efforts to the next level. We are very proud to have her with us.”

McCoy’s impressive resume also includes working as a nurse’s aide at Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, a volunteer firefighter at the Franklintown and Community Fire Department, a range safety officer for explosives demonstrations at Tripwire Operations Group teaching Homeland Security classes, writing six firearms training manuals and serving as the CPD’s firearms instructor and weapons expert.

Survival Tactical Systems – Woodland Hat

Saturday, August 15th, 2015


Survival Tactical Systems is offering their own Woodland Hat. Lightweight with a Woodland front panel and bill, and a light green mesh back. It adjusts via a Velcro back strap. Made in the USA.

Additionally, Survival Tactical Systems has a couple of upcoming events.


There’s the upcoming SMOKECHECK course September 18-20th in Central Eastern PA. For more details, click the link below.

First Strike Military Expo

Survival Tactical Systems will also have booths #306 – #307 at the upcoming First Strike Military Expo at the NC State Fairgrounds Expo Center. The event is happening September 12th through 13th.

MATBOCK – Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

MATBOCK Grand Opening

MATBOCK is celebrating the opening of their first location! There will be BBQ, with drinks provided by Anchor Allie’s, games for adults and kids, and the LLTB Memorial Bikes on display, provided by Green Devil Garage. The showroom and shop will also be open to the public, with 10% of sales being donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The event is taking place Sunday, August 16th, at 1164 Millers Ln Suite D, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451, starting at 2 PM and running through 6 PM. Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area!

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