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XGO Factory Visit

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Last week, I had the chance for a quick visit to XGO’s parent company, Longworth Industries, to tour not only their factory, where they assemble garments, but also their mill, where they create their fabrics.

The factory was humming right along when I arrived mid-afternoon. Longworth currently runs one shift per day in this factory which produces XGO clothing for military and LE customers all year long, with seasonal production of their commercial, Polarmax line.

At any one time, Longworth Industries holds about $1.5 Million in raw goods, but not much of it lays dormant. Each lot is checked for proper color shade and to ensure the fabric meets its basic characteristics.

While each day, the management team lays out the day’s production goals, fabric is cut in a continuing process to stay ahead of the sewing floor.

One of the most interesting processes for me was their use of ink cups to print labels. Longworth had previously used a heat transfer process for their labels.

Conveniently, Longworth’s fabric mill is located right next door to their garment factory.

The majority of XGO’s Berry Compliant fabrics are milled here. Above, you see a bi-component knit being woven with different outer and inner yarns. They also use a dye house located nearby and the XGO headquarters and warehouse aren’t far away. The close proximity of their supply chain helps control costs.

The mill runs three shifts with some additional overtime. That’s an interesting ratio. At their current rate, which includes a multitude of variables, they run three shifts at the mill to produce one shift’s worth of garments.

Although central North Corlina was once well known for its textile industry, new employees must be trained, particularly sewing machine operators. This is an issue, I’ve seen time and time again, regardless of the location. People just don’t grow up sewing anymore. However, the team they’ve got right now, was doing a great job of assembling garments.

I want to thank to Longworth Industries team for hosting me on short notice. They have assembled a great team.

Victory Wear Joins Forces with Austin Hill and Young’s Motorsports

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Victory Wear Looks to Promote the “Brand” of America and what makes her great beginning at Martinsville Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 17, 2017) – Officials with Austin Hill and Young’s Motorsports are pleased to announce today that Victory Wear, a division of Victory First, has partnered with the No. 02 Ford F-150 team for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. Victory Wear will serve as the primary sponsor for driver Austin Hill at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

“I’ve always known NASCAR was a very patriotic sport and has a fan base that stands behind the flag, the military, first responders and is truly “All American.” Being a veteran and retired detective, that resonates with me very deeply, and it is what we try to express in all of our apparel,” commented Victory Wear CEO Matt Jacques. “When Austin (Hill) reached out to me about partnering with the team, I was very honored and excited. Being asked to be a part of the NASCAR family, which is all about family, is very exciting. I cannot wait to feel what it’s like to watch Austin wheel the Victory Wear truck at Martinsville Speedway.”

The partnership kicks off with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at the infamous 0.526 mile “Paperclip” in Ridgeway, V.A., with a patriotic red, white and blue primary design. Victory Wear will also be an associate on the truck for all of the NCWTS races Hill is slated to drive the remainder of the season. Operating under the three defining principles of honesty, loyalty and humility, Victory Wear will be providing Hill and his crew with quality apparel to wear.

“Having such a patriotic company as Victory Wear join our team and look to promote the brand of America, and everything that makes her great, is truly an honor,” commented Austin Hill. “When we started working with The Lone Survivor Foundation last season, we stepped back as a team and agreed to try and promote our serviceman, veterans, first responders, patriots and most importantly our Country as much as possible. Victory Wear exemplifies all of these qualities and traits and we are proud to welcome them not only to our team but our family.”

Forged from Victory First, which provides real world training to law enforcement and responsible firearms owners. Experience in consulting with firearms industry partners, lead to the creation of Victory Wear, to create and develop leading edge gear. Victory Wear strives to make their clothing to the highest quality and with the belief that you are spending your hard earned money on a shirt of ours, so we will put attention to detail, form manufacturing to delivery. As we move about our daily lives, we see the threads of patriotism in folks just like us, and we look forward to offering you apparel that you want to wear. Learn more about Victory Wear at

Flag-to-flag coverage of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 will be televised on FOX beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, April 1, and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow Hill on social media for updates at AustinHillRacing (Facebook), @_AustinHill (Twitter) and _Austin_Hill_ (Instagram). Also be sure to check out Victory Wear at VictoryWearables (Facebook), @Victory1stWear (Twitter) and victorywearables (Instagram).

Mustang Survival Celebrates at Bassmaster Classic with Mike McClelland

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Popular fishing gear on sale, photos with Mike and a chance to win an autographed PFD

Burnaby, BC – Mustang Survival®, the North American brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, will be on hand at this month’s 2017 Geico Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods in Houston, TX, March 24 – 26, 2017. Displaying and selling the most popular fishing items in their collection, Mustang Survival, along with professional bass angler Mike McClelland, can be found at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, booth 2617.

Attendees are encouraged to come by the expo and have their photo taken with Mike McClelland in the Mustang Survival both from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and 1-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26. While there, fans can also enter for a chance to win an autographed Mike McClelland Elite™ BC Inflatable PFD. Those unable to attend the Expo can enter online at

Mustang Survival is also incredibly proud to acknowledge all of the military service men and women on Military Appreciation Day, Friday, March 24, and will give a free pair of Traction Gloves for every purchase made by an eligible military member that day.

Throughout the Expo, Mustang Survival will be showcasing some of its most popular new products, available for sale in its onsite pop-up shop, including:

Rev Young Adult PFD. Built for a serious fishing mission, this vest is as versatile as its owner. Specially designed segmented interior foam panels provide an active, flexible fit, and cooling channels on the interior back keep the wearer cool. Fits better than size small adult vests for enhanced performance both in and out of the water.

Traction Gloves. Engineered for fishing and a first for Mustang Survival, the Traction Gloves were tested in Mustang Survival’s R&D lab proving a 30-50% grip improvement over bare hands. In further lab testing, the Traction Open Finger Gloves also showed a significant dexterity increase over bare hands, and the entire line is designed for enhanced wet grip performance. Whether fishermen are seeking sun protection, or a little extra warmth on cold mornings, there are multiple Traction Glove styles and weights available to provide protection from the elements.

Gear Haulers. Using material and technology knowledge gained from decades of experience designing and manufacturing dry suits for military, coast guard and rescue teams, the new line of Gear Haulers from Mustang Survival will keep your gear dry and protected in the nastiest of conditions.

“We are excited to once again be part of the Bassmaster Classic,” says Jason Leggatt, vice president and general manager of Mustang Survival. “As a showcase for peak performance, the event serves as an inspiration point for our design team to create inspired technical solutions engineered to perform in extreme conditions. It also gives us a great opportunity to interact with our users and showcase our latest product innovations.”

With a passion for keeping everyone safe while on or near the water, Mustang Survival will once again conduct boat yard PFD inspections for Bassmaster Classic competitors. Doing so will ensure all anglers have functioning PFDs in serviceable condition, and its importance cannot be overstated: Past inspections at the Classic have found an average of 5% of units requiring maintenance.

For more information about Mustang Survival, please visit

Devil Dog Arms Signs Ashleigh Gass to Ambassador Program

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Geneva, IL. March 10, 2017, Devil Dog Arms, (DDA) (; As the opening salvo of their newly launched Ambassador Program, Devil Dog Arms proudly announces its first official Ambassador for 2017, Ashleigh Gass. Devil Dog Arms will be manufacturing a complete line of AR-15 style rifles and 1911 style pistols complimentary to the unique needs of modern shooters. The new product lines feature the same high quality components, top shelf craftsmanship, and aggressive innovation you’ve come to know from Devil Dog Arms. Ashleigh will help the company to promote them on the competition fields, training courses, and in the firearms community at large! 

A native Canadian and current resident of Florida, Ashleigh brings a high level of energy to the Devil Dog Arms team. A talented athlete, Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and GymnasticBodies™ affiliate, her competitive drive is unmatched. She is also an accomplished business woman, entrepreneur, and clinical nutritionist. She has exploded onto the competitive 3-Gun scene, exhibiting a toughness, resilience and professionalism that stands out and resonates with Devil Dog Arms’ lifestyle and brand.

About the Devil Dog Arms Ambassador Program
The Devil Dog Arms Ambassador Program promotes sportsmanship, patriotism, commitment to our 2nd Amendment rights, and responsible use of firearms by supporting active members of the shooting community at large. Whether competitive shooter, hunter, first responder, or everyday citizen practicing and protecting rights as a gun-owner, Devil Dog Arms believes that certain people are natural role models within their respective communities, and we want to support and team with leaders who share our values and exhibit excellence in their field. If you are interested in becoming a Devil Dog Arms Ambassador, contact Walt Hasser at

FightLite Industries Announces Canada Exclusivity for Wolverine Supplies

Friday, March 10th, 2017

(Melbourne, FL) March 9, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the small arms division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. is pleased to announce that ARES® has awarded Wolverine Supplies of Manitoba, Canada with Exclusive Representation and Distribution rights for all ARES® Defense and FightLite® Industries products throughout the entire Canada Territory.

Under the Agreement, Wolverine Supplies is the solely authorized and recognized representative of ARES® Defense and its small arms division FightLite® Industries for Canadian buyers including Military, Law Enforcement and Sporting customers. Additionally, Wolverine Supplies will also be a stocking distributor for Canadian firearm dealers interested in carrying and selling ARES® and FightLite® brand products such as the MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle), SCR® (Sport Configurable Rifle), MXR™ (caliber and magazine convertible – pistol caliber carbine), GXR™ Gas-Piston kits for M4 type carbines and SCR® rifles and other innovative products, parts and accessories manufactured by ARES®/ FightLite®. And finally, as the Exclusive Representative for ARES® Defense and FightLite® Industries products; Wolverine Supplies will be the solely authorized service center for product support including repairs and warranty returns to the manufacturer.

“We’ve known John and Pat Hipwell for many years and we’re really excited to be working with them again for representation, distribution and support of our products for Canadian Military, Police, Sporting and OEM customers throughout Canada.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “The relationship that we’ve developed and entered into will streamline the availability of our innovative and high quality products for all Canadians. They know our products very well and I can’t think of a more qualified team to represent our brands in the Canadian space than the Hipwells and their excellent team at Wolverine.”

SEA Experts To Outline Future Soldier Technology At London Conference

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Experts from Cohort company SEA will explain how the soldier of the future can be more effective when they present at the Future Soldier Technology conference in London on March 13-14.

The focus on soldier modernisation will include a presentation by SEA’s Laurence Bedford, Senior Principal Consultant Ground Close Combat, and Giles Verwey, Senior Principal Consultant, that will outline some of the technology developed in SEA’s recent Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme (DDE) carried out for the UK Ministry of Defence. In particular, they will look at how to develop the research from technology into capability.

SEA was prime contractor to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) on the DDE Research project and headed a team from industry and academia delivering integrated dismounted soldier systems research to the UK MoD.

The new systems considered included technologies for the weapon, helmet, torso and night vision systems using each element to develop an integrated soldier system.

In particular, the DDE research investigated the technical feasibility, benefits and costs associated with integrating power and data onto the weapon and helmet. All the systems were designed to meet the challenges required by an adaptable and flexible force dealing with evolving threats and it is envisaged will be part of the equipment and design of the future soldier.

Laurence Bedford has spent the past five years working on soldier systems research and was DDE programme manager. This was preceded by 20 years military experience as an Infantry Officer with significant operational and training experience.

Giles Verwey has considerable experience in defence research. Before DDE, this included work on a range of projects including soldier systems, radar, Electronic Warfare and sonar systems and ranged from concept modelling through development to trials and assessment. He was SEA’s technical lead for DDE.

The presentation will be at 1130 on day one of the conference, March 13.

SEALS Action Gear Closes Doors

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

We are very sad to hear the Canadian retailer SEALS Action Gear has closed its doors. They made this announcement earlier today on Facebook.

Hollywood Tactical Gun Club Precision Rifle Series Match Results

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Okeechobee, FL – Hollywood Tactical Gun Club celebrated their 1st anniversary with a one day Precision Rifle Series Match on March 4th.

1st Place shooter was Grunt Style/Core Shooting Team’s Spenser B, 2nd was Bill Nix and their was a tie for third between Hollywood Tactical Gun Club’s Mike Moxley and event sponsor John Hoolihan of Snipe Shooting bags.

“Mike Moxley and Keith Camilo of Hollywood Tactical Gun Club put on a first rate match with some challenging winds and a first rate facility. It was an honor to shoot at their place and secure a win for my sponsors Grunt Style and Core Shooting, “said Spenser B. “ Grunt Style looks forward to putting a welcoming face back on shooting sports and inspiring pride in self, military and country at every event we attend.”

Hollywood Tactical Gun Club was started a year ago by Mike Moxley and Keith Camilo, both retired Florida LEO’s when they saw a big gap in law enforcement long range skills and training facilities that were available to them on the job. They built one of the only 1,000 yd ranges in south Florida and are poised to up open a second range for carbine, pistol and shotgun on their 400 acre facility.

Hollywood Tactical Gun Club is available for agency, instructor and match rental.

High Speed Gear At IWA 2017

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


NUREMBERG, Germany – High Speed Gear® will participate in IWA OutdoorClassics 2017 from March 3-6. The HSGI® team will be in Hall 9, Booth 9-236.

IWA is one of Europe’s largest and most comprehensive trade shows for the tactical, hunting and shooting sports industries.

HSGI’s® booth will include a wide variety of gear, including numerous new and unreleased products, for visitors to handle and learn about.

Anyone unable to attend can visit and for updates.

For information about IWA OutdoorClassics, visit

AOC EW Europe 2017 Call for Papers Announced

Friday, February 24th, 2017

AOC EW Europe 2017: ‘Advancing EW and Electromagnetic Operations Together’

Europe is one of the most vital areas in the world and the focus of much change in the area of electronic warfare (EW), but with change comes uncertainty. In terms of EW and electromagnetic (EM) operations, how can we make sense of all of these things?

The Association of Old Crows is once again teaming up with Clarion Events to create Europe’s premier electronic warfare event- the only event fully supported by the AOC in Europe. This partnership brings together world-class speakers in a conference programme shaped by industry experts.

AOC EW Europe will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where potential opponents are out-performing the West. It will consider the possible responses, how thinking and attitudes must change, and examine the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and twin-tracks focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness.

AOC EW Europe will be held in perhaps the world’s most iconic city – London. It will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where potential opponents are out-performing the West.

Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, academia, S&T and R&D communities and, crucially industry. This is an unclassified truly-global EW networking, exhibition, workshop and conference and not to be missed.

The PLATH Intelligence Workshop will precede the EW Europe conference on 6 June 2017. For more information or to submit a paper, please visit

Please note that the closing date for the call for papers is 17 March, however we encourage you to submit papers as soon as possible as they will be considered as they are received.