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SilencerCo Announces Executive Legal Appointment

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

SilencerCo Appoints David Bolls, Former COO of Duck Commander, As General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – June 22, 2016 – SilencerCo LLC, the industry leader in silencers, appointed David Bolls as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, reporting to SilencerCo’s Chief Executive Officer Joshua Waldron. Bolls will be responsible for SilencerCo’s and SilencerCo Weapons Research’s (SWR) litigation, contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property, and government relations and will be a member of SilencerCo’s leadership team. Bolls appointment is effective as of Monday, July 13, 2016.

“At SilencerCo, we strive to recruit the best talent across all industries, and are very pleased to have David Bolls join us,” said Waldron. “David is an amazing addition to our executive leadership team because of his breadth of expertise and extensive experience, and he will be a critical player in helping us develop the strategy that grows our product lines and channels. We could not be more excited to have him onboard.”

Most recently, Bolls served as Chief Operating Officer of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, a multi-million dollar empire owned and operated by Louisiana’s camouflage-clad Robertson family, who became well-known by A&E’s Duck Dynasty television series. Bolls worked with a management team directing operations across all companies. Prior to Duck Commander and Buck Commander, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. During his tenure at Outdoor Channel, he was responsible for overseeing and negotiating network contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property matters, and litigation, as well as the development of a wide range of entertainment content and key relationships with talent and producers. Bolls has been an attorney for over 19 years.

“I’m very excited to join SilencerCo’s already best-in-class team. They’re brilliant, extremely creative, and not afraid to take risks. Most importantly, its leadership team continually puts employees first.” said Bolls. “In less than a week, I’ve already had the privilege of witnessing this firsthand. Josh and Jon simply want the best people working together to win. It’s exactly the type of environment in which I thrive and I couldn’t be happier.”

Bolls graduated cum laude from Warner Pacific College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific and completed an executive tax accounting program at the University of San Francisco. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Taxation from Golden Gate University Masters School of Taxation.

For more information, visit SilencerCo.com.

Firearms Prohibitions Are Damaging To Our Nation’s Defense

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

I originally wrote and published an article with this theme back in 2012. Based on current events I felt it was time to revisit the subject.  Once again, anti-Second Amendment groups are taking advantage of a tragedy to further their gun control agenda and attempt to take away the liberty of our citizens. The conversation is much larger than feelings, which are being manipulated by these groups who seek to chip away at our civil rights. Last week, even our nation’s President played party politics, calling for a reinstatement of the so-called Assault Weapon Ban. What’s more, there are currently no less than four amendments up for vote in the Senate this Monday to legislation that would in various ways, deny due process to Americans by instating a ban on the purchase of firearms by those on the “Terror Watch” and “No-Fly” lists. The very existence of such secret targets lists is Un-American and the notion that a person can be placed on a list without their knowledge and for unknown reasons, and with no way to ever get off of the list, is Orwellian. The Congress is the voice of the people and must gain control of this list making by the Executive branch. Until then, any attempts to expand their use must be stopped. But this move is endemic of an even larger issue. This article focuses on a relationship between commercial firearms industry and the ability to produce arms for National Defense and why the Second Amendment is the linchpin of that connection.

While these calls for additional firearms legislation are a direct threat our rights enumerated in the Constitution, they have other effects as well. A vibrant firearms industry, serving law-abiding citizens purchasing and responsibly using firearms results not only in innovation, but also a robust industrial base which can be called upon by our Nation in times of crisis. Since 9/11 all innovations in military firearms, whether targeting, accuracy, man-machine interface or lethality, have all been accomplished by industry.

Rarely do legislators consider the second and third order affects of laws. Only later, like ripples in a pond do these implications manifest themselves. Now, we can look at the AWB and its affects not only on crime, but also on national defense. Let’s not repeat mistakes of the past.

History has taught us that prohibition does not work. But, from 1994 until 2004 the American firearms industry suffered under a form of prohibition. The “Assault Weapons Ban” not only covered weapon features but also magazines over 10 rounds. This legislation did nothing to alter crime and, once lifted, did not result in any increased gun violence. Overall, it was useless legislation.

These very magazines and weapon features that were banned under the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcemenent Act of 1994” have been crucial to the US Department of Defense’s and our Allies small modernization as part of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as globally against piracy, terror and general mayhem. During the 10-year period of the AWB, US businesses curtailed small arms innovation. The point of a business is to make money. When there is little market for a product (as was the case during the AWB), the business case is not there to service it. This was most definitely the situation with magazines for the M9 Beretta Handgun. Many who served early in the war will remember poorly produced high capacity magazines for that weapon. This is because there was no competition in the marketplace due to a lack of market. Rather, government contractors for that magazine were allowed to produce products that performed poorly on the battlefield since there was no competition. There was no innovation. A pistol magazine might seem inconsequential to some, but a pistol is a self-defense weapon. If the magazine fails, the pistol is useless. The same goes for sub-standard magazines for rifles. What good is an Infantryman if he can’t engage the enemy?

It has been more than a decade since the ban was lifted and an entire industry has grown and flourished, producing innovative solutions for both law-abiding citizens and our military alike. American troops are the best equipped in the world and other countries look to us for technical innovation in small arms. We must maintain that edge.

Contact your Congressional representation (switchboard 202-225-3121) and let them know how you feel about any proposed firearms legislation which would hurt our military’s warfighting capability. A strong Second Amendment fosters a robust American firearms industry which contributes directly to our National Defense.

Velocity Systems Officially Announces the Acquisition of the Mayflower Research & Consulting Brand

Friday, June 17th, 2016


Dulles, VA – June 17, 2016 – Velocity Systems officially announces they acquired the Mayflower Research and Consulting Brand. For some of you this is not a new concept because Velocity Systems and Mayflower Research and Consulting have been operating as a team to collaboratively develop protective gear for the last 7 and a half years.

The need for the partnership occurred in 2008 when the demand for Mayflower gear was increasing exponentially and Travis Rolph’s services were needed by our country in a different capacity. While Travis continued to design all products under the Mayflower name, Velocity Systems began handling the logistics and manufacturing of all Mayflower products.

The decision was made that Velocity Systems and Mayflower were a good fit due to both companies’ dedication to produce quality products at the speed of need. Both companies were also committed to research and development and listening to feedback in order to create products tailored to fit the needs of the individuals that protect and serve our country. In January of 2014, Velocity Systems officially acquired the Mayflower Brand. Throughout the partnership and acquisition this dedication and commitment only grew stronger and has created a more competitive and efficient global provider of protective products, and solutions.

While the acquisition has not been a secret, the decision was made to wait a substantial period of time before making an official public announcement. Both brands have a loyal customer base and wanted to take the opportunity to prove the merge would only enhance the product offerings. David Strum, Velocity Systems President had this to say about the acquisition, “The joining of the two brands allowed us to leverage operating efficiencies and concentrate more on the end user’s needs. This created more time for research and development, and collaborative design opportunities. The change resulted in a more comprehensive portfolio featuring high-quality products with leading technology.”

Throughout the last 7 and a half years Dave Strum has remained the primary designer for Velocity Systems products and Travis Rolph has remained the primary designer for Mayflower Brand products. While the two specialize in their own niche, the merge has allowed them to work together collaboratively using their unique strengths to develop best-in-class designs.

Moving forward the Mayflower Brand will go by the name Mayflower R&C By Velocity Systems and can be purchased as product line under the Velocity Systems name. In order to more efficiently streamline the sales of Velocity Systems gear and the Mayflower R&C By Velocity Systems product line, Velocity Systems is launching a new website showcasing both under one roof. As of June 20, 2016 please visit www.velsyst.com to check out the new website.

Daniel Defense Terminates Relationship with Academy Sports

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Black Creek, GA- June 16, 2016. Daniel Defense—engineer and manufacture of the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems, and accessories— Has announced it will no longer sell firearms to Academy Sports due to their decision to remove MSR’s from their website and in-store displays.

Letter to all Daniel Defense Distributors:

“As you know we take our partnership with our stocking retailers very seriously. We are committed to serving and supplying them at the highest level and expect our retailers to have that same level of commitment to our brand and our industry. Unfortunately, Academy Sports has made a corporate decision, in the wake of the recent terrorist attack, to remove all MSRs from their website and in-store displays. Academy Sports has communicated that they intend to continue to sell the MSR category of firearms without displaying or advertising them publicly. As a prominent MSR brand, Daniel Defense cannot support decisions that are completely contrary to the values of our company and industry. Therefore, as of today, June 16th, I request that you place Academy Sports on a Do Not Sell list for all Daniel Defense products and terminate any shipments to their stores or distribution centers. It is unfortunate that we have to make this decision, but it is clearly the right thing to do for our brand, our industry and our constitutional right. Thank you for your support.”

Bill Robinson, VP of Sales

“Academy’s decision clearly segregates firearms by their appearance, which sends a dangerous message to our politicians that it’s acceptable to do so. We as an industry must stand and fight, together.”

Marty Daniel, President and CEO

Default Judgment Order Grants Over $6 Million To Philippi Property Group, Erik Lawrence

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A Barbour County Circuit Court Judgment Order has found Blackheart International, LLC, General Stability, Inc., and Steaphan Weir liable to pay Philippi Property Group and Erik Lawrence a total of over $6 million for damages caused by the “intentional acts, breaches, misconduct, and fraud” conducted by BHI, GSI, and Weir.

In April of 2013, Erik Lawrence sold Blackheart International to Global Stability, Inc. Later in 2013, GSI failed to fulfill the payment agreement for the purchase of the sale, and Blackheart International failed to pay rent the lease of property from Philippi Property Group as stated in the property and warehouse lease agreements. At that time, Erik Lawrence and Philippi Property Group filed a suit for breach of contract and payment failure; a countersuit soon followed, which has been dismissed.

After over two years of hearings and proceedings, the Circuit Courts have arrived at a final judgment which finds Blackheart International, Global Stability, and Steaphan Weir liable to pay Erik Lawrence and Philippi Property Group the amount for the purchase of the company and rent of property plus interest as well as damages.

A $536,436.11 judgment against Blackheart International, LLC, in favor of Philippi Property Group was ordered this spring by Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats.

The court also found Erik Lawrence entitled to recover damages for breach of contract and specific performance, and fraud, from both General Stability, Inc. and Steaphan Weir, jointly and severally, which obligations were personally guaranteed by Brace Barber, in the amount of $3,885,339.24. Furthermore, the court also found Lawrence entitled to recover damages for claims breach of contract, specific performance, fraud, conversion, and credit defamation from General Stability, Inc., Blackheart International, LLC, and Steaphan Weir, jointly and severally, in the entire amount of $816,809.32, in addition to credit reputation, business reputation, and annoyance and inconvenience damages of $750,000 as well as $250,000 in punitive damages.

Erik Lawrence currently serves asmprinciple of Vigilant Security Services, LLC, a firm that provides a variety of security services internationally as well as specialized weapons, tactics and surveillance training to a variety of qualified government clients.

Tactical Tailor, Inc. Welcomes New SOCOM/LE Sales Manager

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Tactical Tailor has added yet another great asset to their team. Dan Stout joins as Tactical Tailor’s new SOCOM/LE Sales Manager, utilizing his extensive experience and knowledge to help the SOCOM and Law Enforcement communities with their nylon gear, armor plate, and rifle needs.

Dan served in the United States Army, most of it with 1st Special Forces Group. On top of being part of 1st Special Forces Group, he also earned his Airborne wings and HALO qualification. He worked his way up to senior medic while participating in OEF-A, OEF-P, as well and being a part of multiple deployments to countries through the PACOM AOR.

Towards the end of his service, Dan started looking forward to see how he could take his past experience and continue to use it to help those still in service. At that same time, Tactical Tailor happened to be looking for someone to help further customer relationships and help establish, and solve, nylon gear needs within the SOCOM and LE communities. Through a mutual contact, paths crossed and Dan joined the Tactical Tailor team.

When asked about his thoughts on joining Tactical Tailor, Dan said he was, “very excited to be a part of the Tactical Tailor team, and am really looking forward to improving both the relationship with the customer as well as improving the overall customer experience.”

Long story short, if you are in the SOCOM or LE communities, Dan Stout is the HMFIC and will be your POC if you need anything. You can reach out to him through any of the following:

P: 253-984-7854 Ext. 121
E: dstout@tacticaltailor.com or socomsales@tacticaltailor.com

Inside PROOF – A Sneak Peek

Monday, June 13th, 2016

It’s truly amazing to see how PROOF Research manufactures their carbon fiber barrels. I’m looking forward to the release of the full video.

Announcing P&S Administration & Logistics

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

P&S shared this announcement with me.

We are excited to announce our newest evolution with Primary & Secondary!

Primary & Secondary: Administration & Logistics – or PSAL.

This will be our service to bridge the gap between training companies and students. We are offering administrative services as well as advertising to training companies to remove a tedious aspect of their business so they may focus on what really matters – the training!

If you are interested in hosting one of our client training companies or affiliate training companies at your facility or range, contact Logistics@primaryandsecondary.com

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