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My Favorite SOB Is Back!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

John McPhee, the Sheriff of Baghdad is launching a new website, May 1st.

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Sign up now to enter a chance to win one of a series of prizes he will be giving away from his sponsors each of the first 10 days of May.

www.sobtactical.com

Ares Gear Partners With Uber Group

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Uber Group has recently announced a new partnership with Ares Gear. Uber Group will now be handling all Unit and Agency purchases of Ares Gear products, while Ares Gear and any dealers carrying their products will continue to handle individual orders. This arrangement was made in response to Ares Gear’s growth as a company – sales of the brand are being outsourced to a trusted partner while Ares can focus on new products and design.

Unit/Agency orders and prospective dealers should email dealersales@aresgear.com, where an Uber Group rep will read it and get back to you as quickly as possible.

Additionally, Uber Group will be holding a Biz Dev day at Academi on Thursday, May 1st.

www.aresgear.com

www.ubergroup.net

Costa Ludus Announces War Sport Industries As New Syndicate Partner

Monday, April 21st, 2014

War Sport Industries is certainly a company to watch. They’ve quietly expanded their operations with increased manufacturing capacity in a new facility and continue to expand their product line.

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Costa Ludus is very excited and proud to announce it’s new Syndicate Partner: War Sport. Probably most known for the radical LVOA system they are certainly more than just that. War Sport was created to provide both superior quality Advanced Weapons Systems and to develop products for Low Visibility Operation / Applications for the modern war fighter. War Sport is located in Robbins, N.C., currently in operation are two manufacturing facilities located on a 23-acre Campus. Full CNC Operations, Metallurgy Lab, Assembly Plant’s, Rifle Barrel Manufacturing and Textiles.

We look forward to furthering our partnership with great new ideas and concepts that are on the horizon with War Sport as we both continue to positively impact our industry.

Shellback Tactical Announces New Partnership

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We received this release from Shellback a tactical which updates their manufacturing and distribution.

Big News coming from Shellback Tactical. Shellback Tactical started in Southern California and is best known for its Banshee line of products. Shellback Tactical’s roots are Law Enforcement based with its founder Michael Wratten spending 18 years of service as a police officer in Southern California. Michael recently retired from a career in Law Enforcement but will still continue his close ties and connections across the Law Enforcement community to continue evolving with cutting edge Law Enforcement products, and military gear. Michael will also now be full time at the helm as President and CEO of Shellback Tactical.

Shellback Tactical a Tennessee based manufacturer of USA Made, Berry Amendment compliant tactical nylon gear has formed a new partnership with Mountain Defense Group and is now Shellback Tactical LLC. With this new Venture Shellback Tactical is an independent company and is poised for growth. Shellback Tactical now has its own state of the art 65,000 square foot manufacturing, quality control and design facility in Tennessee. Its distribution facility is located in Indiana.

With this exciting partnership with Mountain Defense Group (MDG) you can expect to see the Shellback Tactical line of nylon products to expand greatly over the next year. In addition to this Shellback Tactical will be expanding its product offerings to include more soft armor, hard armor, specialty nylon products boots, knives and many other key products to outfit the LE/Mil operator from head to toe. Shellback Tactical will continue its Lifetime Guaranty on all nylon products and continue its long standing important tradition of products made in the USA. You can also expect to hear more from Mountain Defense Group.

With the new changes, Shellback Tactical has implemented their own Direct Dealer Network. We know the growth and success Shellback Tactical has come to see is through the partnerships that we have formed with our great dealers and loyal customer base. We thank you for that. Dealers can expect value, high quality, and an easier more streamlined dealer program and process to fulfill your needs.

Many of our customers are familiar with Julie K. formerly from TAG. We are excited to have Julie on board with us as Shellback Tacticals Director of Dealers Relations. She will make this process very easy for you. Our New dealer program is in place and ready. If you a current dealer of Shellback Tactical products or are interested in becoming a dealer of Shellback products. Contact Julie K. at (619) 253-6612 or julie@shellbacktactical.com. For all dealer, unit, and agency purchase orders we are ready to source and fill all your operational needs. PO’s can be sent to customerservice@shellbacktactical.com or contact Shellback Tactical at our new dedicated Toll Free number (844) 427-2478.

Going direct and getting set up with Shellback Tactical for the product line is now the only authorized official way to obtain Shellback Tactical products as a dealer or distributor.

Shellback Tactical is “Operator Evolved Gear”

High Threat Concealment Expands Distribution

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Newport News, VA, April 2014 – In a world where being “made” can be a life-ending event, High Threat Concealment™ (HTC™) has set the standard for low visibility tactical equipment. Our system has become standard issue to groups and units whose lives depend on staying off the grid. Being able to operate covertly, yet still effectively react to a threat without compromising your capability is where HTC™ has exceled. For Protective Security Details, Surveillance Teams, SOF units, and individuals operating in non-permissive environments, our Low Profile System™ (LPS™) has become a necessity for professionals looking to lower their tactical signature. The modularity of our system creates a flexible platform that can be adapted to a variety of tactical applications.

HTC™ is now going global. After stepping in to fill the emerging vacuum in the domestic “low visibility” market, we are establishing our International Dealer Program. With our scalable manufacturing capabilities, we are able to fill large purchase orders with minimal lead-times. We are now ready to create and dominate globally in the “low visibility” Market. All international parties interested in becoming dealers are asked to contact: Shay Dortch at: sdortch@highthreatconcealment.com.

Be sure to stay tuned for major new announcements on new, innovative products coming to the market in 2014 from High Threat Concealment™.

highthreatconcealment.com

Things Are Getting Real For The BATFE’s Firearms Technology Branch

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Sometimes, you can get to know a bit about someone by taking a peek at their shopping list.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was served a lawsuit last week by SIG Sauer. This suit immediately followed ATF’s public chastising from a judge in a similar case brought by Innovative Arms (both cases where muzzle brakes were submitted for testing and classification and deemed “silencers” by the ATF, but no decibel reduction testing was provided to back up their determinations). It might be of interest to other muzzle device manufacturers (and possibly the legal team at SIG Sauer) that ATF themselves this month has admitted that their own sound testing equipment “…has reached end of life and requires an upgrade.” and has issued a sole-source solicitation to purchase a new “computer controlled firearm silencer testing system” from a Virginia-based Bruel & Kjaer representative that custom built ATF’s last system in 2005.

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FedBizOpps SIMS Solicitation

Recently, ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch claimed that Innovator Enterprises, Inc.’s Stabilizer Brake was a highly-restricted silencer, even though the manufacturer’s intent was to make a freely-sold, unregulated recoil device. The ATF’s determination, however, was shot down with no small amount of candor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia when Innovator Enterprises sued the ATF over the mischaracterization. District Judge John Bates’ commentary read that the ATF’s “decision to classify the Stabilizer Brake as a ‘firearm silencer’ is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ for at least two reasons: the agency failed to ‘articulate a satisfactory explanation’ for its decision and the agency failed to ‘examine the relevant data’ before coming to a final conclusion.”

The Court noted that the ATF did not provide any proof or determination of the Stabilizer brake’s ability to reduce noise, but gave FTB the benefit of the doubt by assuming “Although the FTB (Firearms Technology Branch) utilizes state-of-the-art sound metering equipment, these tests do not affect the classification of any item.” But ATF themselves, in what may wind up being an unfortunately-timed admission from them in any upcoming court cases, gives justification of their purchase by admitting that their sound metering equipment is actually not “state-of-the-art” but rather “has reached end of life.”

The Court goes even further to question the history of “what exactly Congress was concerned about in deciding to regulate silencers at the federal level”, and points out a study showing that “The 1934 congressional debates [over what became the National Firearms Act] provide no explanation about why silencers were licensed” in the first place.

The ATF’s National Firearms Act Branch is incredibly overworked and understaffed. It is constantly inundated with tens of thousands of silencer transfers, and is currently dealing with the frustrations of a contractor’s failed e-Forms website (that was supposed to help ease their workload and speed the processing times of these transfers). Add the issue of being repeatedly sued over arbitrary determinations – on what is not even a firearm to begin with, but rather a harmless noise-pollution reduction device – it is certainly a ripe time for Congress to assess if suppressors should be removed from the purview of the NFA entirely.

- Kel Whelan

Kel Whelan has spent decades working NFA issues, and is well known to many in the firearms industry. Plus, he can always recommend a great place to eat.

Darley Defense Days – Ft Bragg

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Look for live coverage from the SSD team.

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www.darleydefense.com

Check out the Beyond Acropolis In Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I’ve visited the Beyond Acropolis, and I can tell you it is a truly excellent facility filled with an exciting group of creative individuals who have come together to forge a new team. This new facility was designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the team to realize Beyond’s design process.

If you are interested in visiting the Acropolis yourself, their doors are open for an in-person tour of their manufacturing, design, and brand process. Their address and hours of operation are:

6363 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108-3437

Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm

www.beyondclothing.com

Gerber Continues To Support Best Ranger Competition

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

The Lieutenant General David E. Grange, Jr. Best Ranger Competition began in 1982. This year’s competition began yesterday and our friends at Gerber wanted us to remind you that there is live coverage available.

Portland, Oregon (April 11, 2014) Gerber, a leading supplier of knives and tools to the U.S. military, is pleased to announce its continuing support of the Army Best Ranger Competition. A long-standing sponsor, Gerber’s support of the Best Ranger Competition is emblematic of the company’s commitment to the US Military and provides a tangible way to give back.

A grueling annual event held each year at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Best Ranger Competition takes top soldiers through nearly sixty hours of intense competition. Events include the Spot Jump, Stress Shoot, Night Foot March, Prusik Climb, Weapons Assembly/Disassembly, Night Orienteering, Obstacle Course, Water Confidence Test, HELO cast and Buddy Run.

Gerber supports The Best Ranger Competition as a “Hero-level” sponsor, maintaining the highest level of commitment to the event.

This year’s Best Ranger Competition is live now. To watch visit:

www.bestrangercompetition.com/live

Sig Sauer Sues BATFE for Classifying Muzzle Brake as Suppressor

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

According to Sea Coast Online New Hampshire-based SIG SAUER has filed civil suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alleging they wrongfully classified a SIG-designed muzzle brake as an item “intended only for use” in producing suppressors. Specifically, BATFE determined that the SIG brake incorporated a monolithic baffle stack in its design. On April 4, 2013, SIG submitted the brake for BATFE examination which is described as 9.5 inches long and permanently attached with a weld to a 6.5 inch barrel, making the overall barrel length 16 inches. ATF responded by informing that the device was classified as a suppressor and that, “Welding it to a barrel does not change its design characteristics or function.”

SIG asked for a reconsideration, responding to the ATF on 6 September, 2013 in a letter offering evidence that sound meter testing proved the device amplified, not muffled sound,as well as evidence showing the device offsets and corrects recoil. Unfortunately, it seems the ATF stuck by their determination, responding in a February 21 letter stating that the device is a part intended only for use in manufacturing a suppressor.

Consequently, SIG filed suit claiming economic injury because suppressors are “subject to burdensome legal requirements” and “no market would exist for the device” whereas their muzzle brake “effectively reduces recoil and muzzle rise when a shot is discharged” making it “highly marketable to consumers and will generate profit.” SIG also asserts that despite their follow up with ATF, the agency did dispute its evidence that the device worked as claimed.

“If classified as a silencer, no market exists for the subject device given that it will not silence, muffle, or diminish the report of a firearm and yet it would still be subject to the burdensome requirements set forth above as if it really is a silencer,” Sig argues through Manchester attorney Mark Rouvalis and Virginia attorney Stephen Halbrook.

This suit comes on the heels of a recent suit by Innovator Enterprises against the ATF because it classified their Stabilizer Brake as a suppressor. U.S. District Judge John Bates

“In any agency review case, a reviewing court is generally obligated to uphold a reasonable agency decision that is the product of a rational agency process,” U.S. District Judge John Bates writes. “This is not a high bar,” he continues, “But in this case, ATF fails to clear it.” The Judge overturned the BATFE determination letter for teh device becuase it was based solely on physical characteristics rather than performance. He goes on, referring to the determination letter in his decision, writing, “contains hardly any reasoning, and makes no reference to prior agency regulations or interpretations that support its conclusion.” Instead, Judge Bates called the ATF letter a brief and informal document and “a non-binding statement of the agency’s position on whether the Stabilizer Brake is a silencer,” and “will not bear the force of law as applied in future classifications of different devices.”

Sounds pretty familiar.